The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) was founded in 1905 principally by English speaking Baptist communities together with a handful of European nations. Over 105 years later it has become a major Christian world communion with representative member bodies in almost every nation of the globe. Between 2005 and 2010 I served on a group seeking to truly internationalise the “leadership” of this word Christian communion to equip it to represent the real Baptist family of the 21st century. Sadly, it has proved to be a hard task!
Recently the BWA sought to initiate conversations with world Pentecostalism. Baptists interact with Pentecostalists in all continents of our world, but we could not, it seems, create an international team for this important dialogue!
Who represents us?
Neville Callam – graduate, Harvard, USA
Fausto Vasconcales – doctoral degree, South Western Seminary, USA
Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, USA
Bill Brackney, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Curtis Freeman, Duke University, North Carolina, USA
All the above are excellent academics, but where is the representation from Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe (east and west), Central America and the like where Baptist – Pentecostal encounter is so important?