Author:

Bob Wring

Bob Wring was born in Paducah, Kentucky and became a Christian when he was ten years old.  After serving in the U.S. Navy, he was called into the ministry in 1975.  He has been pastor of the Mountain Highway Baptist Church in Spanaway, Washington since 2005.  He graduated in 2002 with a Ph.D in Practical Theology at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: An Examination of The Practice of Elder Rule in Selected Southern Baptist Churches in the Light of New Testament Teaching. Dr. Wring seeks to promote and preserve the historic biblical teaching of congregational church polity with the biblical leadership of a pastor and deacons.

This is the first article setting forth representative documents that support the truth that Baptist Churches have always had pastors and deacons as their Biblical church officers.

The First London Confession of 1644/46 and the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1677/89 are no doubt the two most influential Confessions of faith in existence. These confessions hold much weight in any discussion of Church Polity. Both can be found in Lumpkin’s Baptist Confessions of Faith. On page 166 of the First London Confession, in Article XXXVI, the subscribers tell us . . .

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A review of Baptist Church History will reveal that Baptists have always maintained one type of church polity. Only in more recent days have some Baptist leaders added another way of doing church governance. Baptist history is replete with extant documents that substantiate this observation. When one reads representative Baptist ecclesiastical writings such as confessions of faith, tracts, books, ordination sermons and church minute books, it becomes obvious that this assertion is correct.

Baptists have historically interpreted the New Testament Scriptures to describe one type of church polity. This polity has been described as Congregationalism with the biblical leadership of a pastor and deacons. And if a Baptist church was large enough, it included more than one pastor in church leadership.

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