A System & Plan: Arkansas Baptist State Convention 1848-1998
A System & Plan is the story of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention's vision for planting churches, assisting associations, and doing Kingdom work throughout the state. On at least four occasions that vision was on the verge of being extinguished. Each time, with defeat imminent, strong leaders developed a system and plan to overcome the obstacles and continue cooperative work.
Extending the Southern Baptist message throughout Arkansas was no easy task. A denomination that prided itself on the autonomy of the local church, in a state that prided itself on personal independence, presented repeated challenges to organizing a Convention.
To those visionary individuals who not only understood that the "whole equaled the sum of its parts" but also realized that the "whole was greater than any single part," balancing autonomy with unity required divine guidance. That guidance ultimately led the ABSC to become Arkansas's dominant religious organization and the standard used by other denominations in the state to measure growth. With a system and a plan that evolved to meet the changing needs of a changing society, the ABSC has remained true to the vision of its founders.
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Granade, S. Ray; Williams, C. Fred; and Startup, Kenneth M., "A System & Plan: Arkansas Baptist State Convention 1848-1998" (1998). Books and Monographs. 39.