Standing for the Word

When Free Will Baptists are compared and contrasted with other denominations, attention usually is given to questions of general atonement, man’s responsibility in the salvation experience…

Free Will Baptists and Education

Free Will Baptists have a rather splendid and extended heritage in education. Hillsdale College in Michigan, Rio Grande in Ohio, and Bates College in Maine were,…

Expectations for Revival

Between the First (1726-1742) and Second (1795-1805) Great Awakenings in America, revivalism experienced a radical restructuring. The first national revival in the colonies had been characterized…

Pastor? Deacon?

Do you ever wonder why Free Will Baptists only have two major offices in the church, pastor and deacon? Is that right? Other denominations have bishops,…

The Free Will Baptist University

February 3, 1908, at 3:00 p.m., a document was filed with the register of Davidson County, state of Tennessee. The document was a charter for the…

And Then There Were Four

The North Carolina General Baptists of the 18th century would eventually evolve into the Free Will Baptists of the 19th century, but the earlier group almost…

Early Creeds: Setting the Boundaries

The General Baptist Confession of 1660 On July 26,1660, the General Baptists in England presented their “Standard or Brief Confession of Faith” to King Charles II.…

Environment for Change

The First Great Awakening in America, 1726-1742, opened up most of the new colonies to a new level of spiritual awareness and revival spirit. It was…

Free Will Baptists in America

The first Free Will Baptists in America were known as General Baptists and can be traced to Chowan County in eastern North Carolina and to the…

Hidden Treasures

Like other conservative Christians in the modern era, Free Will Baptists have tended to downplay the importance of history, giving greater attention to affirming themselves as…

Earliest Free Will Baptist Documents

See A Historical Sketch of Thomas Helwys from the Helwys Society Forum. See The History of John Smyth and Thomas Helwys. Thomas Helwys, one of three founders of…

The Church Covenant

The Free Will Baptist Church Covenant was devised by early Free Will Baptists to help members be more responsible to Christ, one another and Christian obligations.…

Forgotten Days of Early Cuba

It was an unexpected treasure…even for Home Missions director of church growth David Crowe, who trolls the Internet like a hungry shark searching for hidden pieces…