Bruce T. Gourley, BH&HS Executive Director Online @


July-August 2013     Vol. 2 No. 5   

Baptist History &
Heritage Society
Partner Digest
A Brief Monthly Compilation of Society News

Working Together to Communicate Baptist Heritage and Strengthen Baptist Identity


The BH&HS partners with Baptist organizations & individuals to provide resources,
host conferences and lead seminars for the academy and local congregations.


New From the BH&HS: Book Sale and Congregational Identity Survey



CBF Congregational Identity Survey

The CBF Congregational Identity Survey, a collaborative project of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist History & Heritage Society, is now underway. The survey is made possible by a grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. In the coming weeks, information about the survey will be featured in various CBF publications.

The 2012 CBF Task Force concluded that a clearer understanding of CBF Baptist “identity” is one of the most pressing issues among Fellowship Baptists. Your input will help the BH&HS in developing and producing quality and relevant resources to assist CBF churches in the task of understanding, teaching and modeling a healthy and relevant Baptist identity.

If your church is not yet represented in the survey, please consider completed the online survey linked below. The total time required for the survey is 5-10 minutes.

Click here to begin the CBF Congregational Identity Survey.


Is Your Faith Identity Worth Your Financial Investment?

The Baptist History & Heritage Society advances the cause of Baptist history and heritage in a cooperative and positive manner. Educating the Baptist public in historic Baptist principles and identity lies at the heart of the Society’s ministry.

The BH&HS is an independent, non-profit organization that relies heavily on charitable contributions to carry out its mission to help Baptists learn, live and share their faith heritage and identity. Freedom-driven, quality-oriented, and attentive to historic Baptist values in a contemporary context, the Society is committed to teaching, advocating and providing helpful and relevant resources for use by Baptist congregations, individuals and denominational entities.

If your faith identity is important to you, please consider donating to the BH&HS. You will join many other individuals, couples, churches, colleges/universities, fellowships, conventions, and other organizations who contribute to the advance of the Baptist identity in our twenty-first century world.

Gifts of cash and stock help the BH&HS fulfill its ministry. Placing the BH&HS in your will or other planned gift will strengthen the organization’s future.

The Baptist History & Heritage Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your gift will be acknowledged in writing, and you may claim the gift as a tax deduction.

More information, including the option of donating online, is available by clicking here.

Upcoming Society & Partner Happenings
Society Director's Notes:
  • The Summer 2013 edition of the Baptist History & Heritage Journal will be postal mailed in September. The issue is entitled "Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation in Our Time," and is in conjunction with the Society's June 2013 national conference in Richmond featuring the same theme.
  • Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, in conjunction with the American Baptist Historical Society, is hosting "The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions, Learning From the Past and Looking to the Future," November 14-16, 2013. The BH&HS will be represented at this event. More information.
  • The 2014 annual meeting of the Baptist History & Heritage Society will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 4-6, and hosted by Sioux Falls Seminary. The theme is "Exploring the Other Baptists." More conference details will be available this fall.

Baptist Studies Bulletin: Would you like to contribute to a future edition of the Baptist Studies Bulletin? Contact Bruce for more information.

Contact Information
  • Bruce Gourley, Executive Director: email or 406-599-1754
  • Jackie Riley, Office Manager: email or 406-600-7433
  • Bill Pitts, President: email
  • Pamela Smoot, Vice-President: email
  • Bonnie Oliver-Brandon, Secretary: email
  • Postal Mail: 151 Broadleaf Drive, Macon, GA, 31210