Are church denominations necessary; do they even have a future? Such questions are explored in Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, based on a conference of the same name held at Union University where Evangelical and Southern Baptist scholars addressed challenging issues of theology, polity, and practice. Contributors include:

  • Ed Stetzer (“Denominationalism: Is There a Future?”)
  • James Patterson (“Reflections on 400 Years of the Baptist Movement”)
  • Harry L. Poe (“The Gospel and Its Meaning”)
  • Timothy George (“Baptists and Their Relations with Other Christians”)
  • Duane Liftin (“The Future of American Evangelicalism”)
  • Ray Van Neste (“Pastoral Ministry in Southern Baptist and Evangelical Life”)
  • Mark DeVine (“Emergent or Emerging”)
  • Daniel Akin (“The Future of the Southern Baptist Convention”)
  • Michael Lindsay (“The Changing Religious Landscape in North America”)
  • Jerry Tidwell (“Missions and Evangelism”)
  • David S. Dockery (“So Many Denominations”)
  • Nathan Finn (“Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation”)
  • R. Albert Mohler Jr. (title essay)


David S. Dockery

David S. Dockery is President of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Dockery has authored more than thirty books and is a consulting editor for Christianity Today magazine.

Ray Van Neste

Ray Van Neste is Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.


Every once in a while a book comes along that is a must read. This is one of them. Edited by David Dockery, Southern Baptists, Evangelicals and the Future of Denominationalism, helps us to understand better not only the history and present state of the Southern Baptist Convention but the future of denominationalism. It throws helpful light upon the various ways Southern Baptists and 'Evangelicals' have interacted with each other. Its authors possess an unfailing confidence in the power of Christ's Gospel, a belief in the truthfulness of Scripture and a conviction that Christ is building his church. This book neither glosses over present problems, nor despairs that these problems are insuperable. It calls upon believers to follow Christ faithfully, to think biblically and to spread the marvelous Gospel of Christ. In a word, this is an instructive, encouraging and inspiring book—one not to miss.

—John Woodbridge, Professor of Church History and Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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