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In 2009 Baptists worldwide celebrated 400 years of Baptist heritage.  In 1609, John Smyth and Thomas Helwys established the first Baptist congregation in Amsterdam, Holland.  The Center for Baptist Studies, in conjunction with the Baptist History and Heritage Society, provided information and educational resources for the observance of the 400th anniversary of Baptists. While released in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Baptists, these materials may be utilized by local churches and other organizations at any time.


Free Church Bulletin Inserts
Provided by the CBS and Baptist History and Heritage Society, written by Bruce Gourley and Pam Durso. To order free copies for your church, contact the Society.

Baptist Beginnings, 1609
Baptist Beginnings in America, 1639
Separate Baptists
Baptist Contributions to Religious Freedom
The Move of Baptists Westward
Baptist Support of the Missionary Movement
The Spread of the Gospel Among Native Americans
The Preaching of the Gospel: A Baptist Tradition
Baptist Denominational and Moral Leadership
Hispanic Baptist Beginnings and Development
Baptists and Social Ministries: Nannie Helen Burroughs


More Resources
Ten Suggestions for Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Baptist Beginnings by Charles Deweese, BH&HS
Baptist 400: Celebrating 400 Years of Baptist Life - Baylor University
Religion and the State Governments - Library of Congress


News and Commentary
400th Anniversary Resolution of the Baptist General Convention of Texas
Baptists Mark 400th Anniversary by John McManus, BBC
In Response to a 400 Year Conversation by Bruce Gourley
Celebrating 400 Years of Baptist Life by Denton Lotz, Baptist World Alliance
Baptist History a Continuing Search For the New Testament Church (Baptist Standard)
Baptists Celebrate Past With An Eye to the Future (Baptist Standard)
Historians Trace Baptist Beginnings Back 400 Years (Baptist Standard)
Baptist Influence on History of U.S., World a Mixed Bag, Historians Say (Word & Way)


Events in 2009
German Baptist Conference on the Life and Work of Eric Goldbach (January 30-February 1, Ruhr-University, Marburg)
"400th Anniversary Baptist Heritage Sunday," Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia (February 15)
CBF GA Spring Assembly (March 13-14, Columbus, GA)  - "A 400 Year Conversation" session
"Celebrating 400 Years of Baptist Heritage," sponsored by Campbellsville University and BHHS (April 2, Louisville, KY) 
Baptist History and Heritage Society Annual Meeting (June 4-6, Huntsville, AL) - more info
"Lessons From 400 Years of the Baptist Experience," DC Baptist Convention Committee meeting (June 20)
400th Birthday Celebration, European Baptist Federation (July 24-26, RAI Congress Center, Amsterdam)
400th Celebration Party at the Baptist World Alliance Annual Meeting (July 27-August 1, Ede, Netherlands)


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