Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Churchmanship


It may seem odd that in a series on associationalism I’d divert to talking about individual responsibility within any given local church. But, a church only works insofar as its members obey Christ, and an association only runs as well as local churches function rightly. I will define churchmanship as the dutiful practice of serving … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Churchmanship

Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): The General Assembly


The General Assembly (GA) is an annual meeting which consists of full subscription members of ARBCA churches. The attendees of the GA, in the ARBCA constitution, are referred to as “messengers,” or members in good standing who subscribe fully to the Second London Confession. The ARBCA constitution reads: Messengers from member churches will convene at … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): The General Assembly

Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): The Nature of Councils and Committees


In the previous article, the prologue, I discussed the definition and nature of an association, more specifically, of ARBCA, one of the more influential Particular Baptist associations in the U.S. If you have not read that article yet, I’d encourage you do so by clicking here. In this article, I would like to discuss the … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): The Nature of Councils and Committees

Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Prologue


The first Particular Baptist General Assembly (GA) met in 1689. A group of university-trained theologians, rural pastors, and gifted brothers (qualified ministry interns) came together to vote on a revised set of doctrinal standards adapted from both the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Savoy Declaration. The Second London Confession was submitted to eligible members … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Prologue