Baptists in Canada

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  1. rlvaughn

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    I am starting this thread with a list of some of the Baptist groups in Canada. I hope some of our Canadian members will tell us more!

    Association of Regular Baptist Churches of Canada
    Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec
    Baptist Union of Western Canada
    Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches
    Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada
    Union of French Baptist Churches or L'Union d'Églises Baptistes Françaises au Canada

    The Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, Baptist Union of Western Canada, Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, and the Union of French Baptist Churches work together through Canadian Baptist Ministries

    Are there other groups in addition to these?
     
  2. Ransom

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    You've got the major ones. Unfortunately I've spent too much of my life outside Baptist circles to be able to add to the list.

    I know the Southern Baptist Convention actually has a pretty large following in the Western provinces.
     
  3. rlvaughn

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    Two other native Baptist groups in Canada are the Covenanted Baptist Church of Canada and the Primitive Baptist Conference of New Brunswick, Maine, and Nova Scotia (briefly mentioned on the linked page).

    Of the status of the Covenanted Baptist Church of Canada, Elder J. F. Poole wrote that it "today exists only in skeleton form. A few years ago there were about 5 meetinghouses with one membership attending them all. A sad division took place and the flock was generally scattered. There may be one small group meeting there now with a minister going up from the States to speak to them." That was the status in July 2000. This group is/was a predestinarian group similar to and in fellowship with the Absolute Predestinarian Primitive Baptists.

    The Primitive Baptist Conference of New Brunswick, Maine, and Nova Scotia still exists, but under a different name. They are NOT related to the Primitive Baptists of the United Baptists, but are part of the Free Baptist movement in the northeast (U.S. & Canada). They separated from the Free Christian Baptists on questions of practice and order. In 1981, the sixteen surviving churches of the Primitive Baptist Conference (in New Brunswick) united with the National Association of Free Will Baptists and are known as the Atlantic Canada Association of Free Will Baptists.
     
  4. Jim1999

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    In 1927, Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto and Dr. T.T. Shields, were expelled from the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec over the question of modernism in McMaster Divinity School.
    Out of this, Toronto Baptist Seminary and the Association of Regular Baptist Churches in Canada were formed. Many Baptist churches withdrew from the Baptist Convention, but remained independent for a number of years.
    In the early fifties, Dr. Shields and Dean Brown had a personality clash and this led to another split and the formation of the Central Baptist Seminary. The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada was formed in 1953. At this time, many of the independent churches came into fellowship.
    Many graduates of Toronto Baptist Seminary became pastors in Fellowship churches, but Central became the primary seminary for Fellowship pastors. Some students chose to attend the Toronto Bible College and London College of Bible and Missions (Both these schools now form Tyndale Bible College in Toronto).
    My information is primarily anecdotal, and I apologize for any errors or misconceptions. Most is first-hand experience,,,except the '27 split of course....I was still an Anglican then...lol.

    Cheers in the Lord,

    Jim
     
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    There are a good number of Independent Baptist Churches and some Unaffiliated Baptist Churches in Canada. These local churches are generally autonomous of any "group", yet both types cooperate with other like-minded churches in supporting church planting ministries here and around the world ("Missions"). However in our area the harvest is plenteous, but labourers are few. The nearest Baptist church of any "stripe" is about 100 miles from here. There may be a total of 10 "Baptist" churches in a radias of 250 miles of here. We have our work cut out for us. [​IMG]
     
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    I was saved out of Roman Catholicism, and then was quickly introduced to the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement. I never did learn much about the other Baptist movements or “denominations” in our country. I went to college at MBBC. I remember driving between Winnipeg and Calgary, or Winnipeg and Edmonton, (either way), a distance of over 800 miles, and not finding a single Independent Baptist church in between. We are few and far between. Since that time there have been a number of independent Baptist churches that have been planted. There used to be only one in the Edmonton area when I graduated. Now there are at least six. But Edmonton is a city of about 800,000 (including it’s suburbs). Like Dave said concerning the Pas area, Edmonton is also a big mission field. Most of Canada is.
    DHK
     
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    My church is part of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada.

    Honestly, I had never heard of IFB until a dear friend in New York was saved in one. She is the one who introduced me to this board. Since then, I have been studying IFB churches and have found that there are three in my city. I have yet to visit any of them, though.

    So, needless to say, much of what is discussed here is very new to me.
     
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    I have many friends in the Fellowship. Myself I am currently BCOQ (though as it turns out somewhat more conservative than most of my colleagues here).

    Liza, if I may ask, what happened at the assembly to discuss woemen's ordination?
     
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    Latreia,

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    I have many friends in the Fellowship. Myself I am currently BCOQ (though as it turns out somewhat more conservative than most of my colleagues here).

    There are many, many fine evangelicals in the BCOQ. I served under its counterpart in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 1968.....and have a goodly number of ministers in the BCOQ who I deem great friends and believers..some of whom also agree with me....chuckle

    I don't think we can collectively envelope an entire group. On the other hand, there is a Fellowship church within 20 miles of me that I won't shadow their doors.

    Even in the United Church there are pockets of evangelicals and worthy of fellowship, although many are withdrawing and joining the Congregational Church of Canada....not sure which one I fear the most.

    Cheers to you, and thank you for your good fellowship in here,

    Jim
     
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    "There are many, many fine evangelicals in the BCOQ. I served under its counterpart in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 1968.....and have a goodly number of ministers in the BCOQ who I deem great friends and believers..some of whom also agree with me....chuckle"

    I've done ministry in the Annappolis Valley. In fact got my MDiv from Acadia. And I'm evangelical anyway!

    "I don't think we can collectively envelope an entire group. On the other hand, there is a Fellowship church within 20 miles of me that I won't shadow their doors."

    Agreed. There are fellowship congregations that would be better in the more liberal BCOQ and vice versa.

    "Cheers to you, and thank you for your good fellowship in here,"

    Back atcha, and thanks.
     
  11. rlvaughn

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    Several bodies that are "headquartered" in the United States have a presence in Canada. The largest of these (that is, largest presence in Canada) is the North American Baptist Conference. In 1995 they had 188 churches in Canada, and were the leading Baptist group in Manitoba and Alberta. Other bodies include the previously mentioned Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Conference, the Baptist Bible Fellowhip, the American Baptist Association, the Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association, and the Seventh Day Baptists.
     

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