The European Baptist Federation
A Case Study in European Baptist Interdependency 1950-2006
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
'Keith Jones' study of the European Baptist Federation breaks new ground in both church history and theology. No-one reading this book can be left in doubt that Baptists, for all their emphasis on the local congregation, see real theological significance in forms of wider fellowship and missionary structure. A work of first-rate importance, it will inform and challenge Baptists themselves, and will enlighten ecumenical dialogue with other church traditions.'
-Keith W. Clements, former General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches, is a Baptist minister and a writer on modern theology and church history
'Baptists find it relatively easy to delineate their ecclesiology of the local church but more difficult to focus on the theological significance of larger ecclesiastical units. This is where the present volume provides such helpful insights as to how Baptists develop both the practice and the theology of larger endeavors in associate engagement, which Indicates why a theology that speaks only of the independence of the local church is a dangerous heresy, since properly Baptists must always talk about interdependent gathering communities, coming together under God for the mission with which he charges them. All this underlines why every Baptist library, as well as anybody seriously concerned about the health of Baptist life, needs to possess this book.'
- John H. Y. Briggs, Senior Research Fellow and Director, the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, and Professor Emeritus, the University of Birmingham
'It is high time the story of the European Baptist Federation was told, and here the subject has found its author. Dr Jones's mastery of his sources is thorough; he has filled a significant gap in Baptist history; and his book should be read by Baptists, by their ecumenical partners, and even by non-ecumenical Baptists.'
- Alan P.F. Sell, Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Professor at Acadia University Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada