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Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Squire Robertsson, Oct 8, 2001.

  1. Squire Robertsson

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    gurus: When did the Northern Baptist Home Mission(s)(ary) Society become the American Baptist HMS? I am trying to research a point of my home church's history. Regretfuly, the 1911-1912 entries in her business meeting minutes are not clear. They simply mention a C.W. Moody of the Home Missionary Society in attendence without any geographical designation of the HMS (North, South, or American).

    I thought the Northern Bapt. Convention didn't change over to the American Bapt.... until the late '40s.

    Thanks for your attention to this matter,
    Keith

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  2. Dr. Bob

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    From 1845 when the split occurred over slavery within the mission boards, there was NO NATIONAL ORGANIZATION for Baptists of the North. Until 1907 the congregations were joined only in local and state associations, and were served by national missionary organizations.

    1907-1950 the Northern Baptist Convention existed, to which churches on that local and state level may/may not be affiliated.

    1950-1972 this organization was known as the American Baptist Convention. Since 1972 it is known as the American Baptist Churches.

    It presently has about 6000 congregations associated with the National Organization.

    Answer to question? Don't know, but since the name "American" was not adopted until 1950, I would assume . . .
     
  3. rlvaughn

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    According to Dictionary of Baptists in America (Bill J. Leonard, editor), the American Baptist Home Mission Society was formed "At an adjourned session of the national Triennial Convention at New York in 1832...(p. 24)" Could it be that is was just loosely and unofficially called the Northern Baptist Home Mission Society during the "Northern Baptist" years?
     
  4. Squire Robertsson

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    Brother Vaughn wrote <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>the American Baptist Home Mission Society was formed "At an adjourned session of the national Triennial Convention at New York in 1832...(p. 24)" Could it be that is was just loosely and unofficially called the Northern Baptist Home Mission Society during the "Northern Baptist" years?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Sounds about right. The latest reference to the situation did mention the American Baptist Home Mission Society. I just wanted to be sure of the name. We are writing up a 120th anniversary history of our church. So, we are going through the references with a fine tooth comb. Cross checking the cross check, as it were.

    Thanks for your help,
    Keith [​IMG]
     
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