Paul Goodliff, Ministry, Sacrament and Representation

Paul Goodliff, Ministry, Sacrament and Representation: Ministry and Ordination in Contemporary Baptist Theology, and the Rise of Sacramentalism (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010), ¬£20.

This is a revised version of my dad’s doctoral thesis, which was based on survey of Baptist ministers and interviews with recent Baptist College principals. It is volume 2 in the new Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Series. It will be available at the Baptist Assembly this weekend and shortly after here.


1. Introduction

2. Methodological Considerations

3. A Narrative Account of the Formal Documents

4. The Documents: A Systematic Analysis

5. Analysis of the Survey Data

6. Analysis of the Interview Data

7. Five Factors Shaping Changing Belief

8. The Sacramental Turn

9. Postscript: Creation, Eschaton, and the Formation and Practice of Ministry


Translocal Ministry: Equipping the Churches for Mission, edited by Stuart Murray (BU, 2004)

Introduction – Stuart Murray

The Case for Translocal Ministry – Nigel G Wright

Translocal Ministry: New Testament Perspectives – Sean Winter

Messengers: Do they have a message for us? – Ruth Gouldbourne

‘A Good Bench of Bishops’: Early Baptist Superintendency – Ian Randall

Translocal Leadership: A Theological Reflection – John Weaver

Contemporary Models of Translocal Ministry: A Critical Appraisal – Paul Goodliff

Translocal Ministry in Post-Christendom – Stuart Murray

Translocal Ministry and the Mission Imperative – Stephen Ibbotson

Translocal Episcope and Local Church Mission – Brian Nicholls

Continuity and Change : Perspectives from Down Under – Anne Wilkinson-Hayes / Reflections on Conflict Resolution – Viv Lassetter

The Continuning Conversatio: Translocal Ministry and the Five Core Values – Myra Blyth

Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a Radical Baptist Theologian: Essays Presented to Dr Nigel G. Wright on his sixtieth birthday, edited by Pieter J. Lalleman (Spurgeon’s, 2009)

Introduction – David Coffey

‘Baptists “Relating and Resourcing” in difficult times: A historical perspective’ – Raymond Brown

‘New birth from Water and Spirit’ – Alastair Campbell

‘The Coherence of freedom: Can Church or State ever be Truly Free?’ – John Colwell

‘Being a minister: spirituality and the pastor’ – Chris Ellis

‘”The leadership of some …”: Baptist ministers as leaders?’ – Rob Ellis

‘Something will come of nothing: on A Theology of the Dark Side’ – Paul S. Fiddes

‘Inclusive representation revisited’ – Paul Goodliff

‘The radical ecclesiology of Nigel Wright’ – Steve Holmes

‘Church planting, peace and the ecclesial minimum’ – Stuart Murray

‘Part of a Movement: Nigel Wright and Baptist Life’ – Ian Randall

‘When Wright was right’ – Tom Smail

‘The Radical Evangelical: A Critical Appreciation’ – Derek Tidball

‘Crown rights of the Redeemer’ – Pat Took

Download Doctrine and Worship Committee Reports

On the BUGB website it is now possible to download three of the key reports from the 1990s by the Doctrine and Worship Committee, chaired at the time by Paul Fiddes.

The Nature of Assembly and the Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (1994)

Forms of Ministry among Baptists: Towards an Understanding of Spiritual Leadership (1994)

Believing and Being Baptized: Baptism, so-called re-baptism and children in the church (1996)

Edification and Beauty by James M. Renihan (SBHT 17, Paternoster, 2008)

Edification and Beauty: The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705


Chapter 1: ‘Christ … ever shall have a kingdome in this world’: The Emergence and Development of the Particular Baptist Churches

Chapter 2: ‘Those thus called, he commandeth to walk together in particular societies, or churches’: The Nature of the Church

Chapter 3: ‘To each of these churches … he has given … power and authority’: Church Government

Chapter 4: ‘The officers appointed by Christ … are bishops or elders, and deacons’: Church Officers

Chapter 5: ‘The due performance of that publick worship, which he requireth of them in the world’: The Church at Worship

Chapter 6: ‘So the churches, … ought to hold communion amongst themselves’: Associations of Churches

The Making of a Modern Denomination by Peter Shepherd (SBHT Vol 4, Paternoster, 2001)

The Making of a Modern Denomination: John Howard Shakespeare and the English Baptists 1898-1924

1 Background

2 The Strengthening of the Union

3 The Sustenance of the Ministry

4 The Search for Unity

5 Final Years at the Baptist Union

6 Shakespeare’s Legacy

Bible, history and ministry: essays for L.G. Champion on his ninetieth birthday. Edited by Roger Hayden and Brian Haymes (Bristol Baptist College, 1997)

‘The stillness and the dancing: an appreciation of Leonard G. Champion’ – Roger Hayden

‘Source, guide and goal! the persuasive function of a Pauline doxology (Romans 11.33-36)’ – Sean Winter

“Wooing an crocodile” social science investigation and the New Testament’ – Michael Jackson

‘Wisdom and the dove: epiphanies of the Spirit in the gospel of Mark’ – Julie Hopkins

‘I believe, you believe: typology of belief as an instrument of hermeneutics’ – John Elliston

‘Celebrating scripture: evolutionary influences on Rabbinical Midrash’ – Sarah Parry

‘To the far country: the influence of former Bristol Students on Australian Baptist life’ – Ken Manley

‘Anatomy of a dispute between Thomas Collier and Thomas Hall’ – Stephen Copson

‘Christian realism and doing nothing’ – Brian Haymes

‘Missionary congregations’ – Tony Barker

‘”Are all Christians ministers” the ordained ministry and the priesthood of all believers’ – Grenville Overton

‘Being a minister: a consideration of the pastoral theology of Eugene Peterson’ – John Houseago

‘Into all the world: the missionary obligation’ – David Martin

On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne, Anthony Cross (SBHT 21, Paternoster, 2008)

This book re-examines Baptist theology and practice in the light of contemporary biblical, theological, ecumenical and missiological perspectives. It is not a study in denominationalism, but rather attempts to revision historical insights from the believer’s church tradition, essentially within a trinitarian emphasis. It is a re-expression of that tradition, seeking to re-appropriate forgotten emphases, bringing them together in a revised ecclesiology.

Foreword – Paul S. Fiddes

By Way of Introduction

1. The God of the People

2. The People of God

3. Authority

4. Baptism: Becoming a Christian

5. Discipleship

6. The Lord’s Supper

7. Ministry

8. The One Church, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

9. Institution and Organization

Baptists Together. Papers Published in Memory of W. M. S. West

Baptist Historical Society, 2000.

prepared for publication by J. H. Y. Briggs and Faith Bowers

Introduction – John Briggs and Faith Bowers

The Rev Dr Morris West: Autobiographical Material – Morris West

Memories of Dr West – Robert Ellis, Harry Mowvley

The Larger Context: Morris West, Servant of World Ecumenism – Keith Clements

A Few Words About Christian Ministry – Morris West

Baptists Together: The Secretariat of the Baptist Union and effective denominational action: J. H Shakespeare; M. E. Aubery; E. A. Payne – Morris West

The Child and the Church – Morris West

Bibliography – Anthony R. Cross

The Whitley Lectures (1997-)

1997 Nigel Wright Power and Discipleship: Towards a Baptist Theology of the State

1998 Ruth Gouldbourne Reinventing the Wheel: Women and Ministry in English Baptist Life

1999 Keith Jones A Shared Meal and a Common Table: Some Reflections on the Lord’s Supper and Baptists

2000 Anne Dunkley Seen and Heard: Reflections on Children and Baptist tradition

2001 Steve Finamore Violence, the Bible and the End of the World

2002 Nicholas Wood Confessing Christ in a Plural World

2003 Stephen Holmes Tradition and Renewal in Baptist Life

2005 Andrew Rollinson Liberating Ecclesiology: Setting the church free to live out its missionary nature

2006 Kate Coleman Being Human: A Black British Christian Human’s Perspective

2007 Sean Winter More Light and Truth? Biblical Interpretation in Covenantal Perspective

2008 Craig Gardiner How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song? Worship in and out of the church

2009 Sally Nelson A Thousand Crucifixions: The material subversion of the church?

2010 David Southall The Poetic Paul: On Creating New Realities for Righteousness in Romans

2011 E. Anne Clements Wrestling with the Word: A Woman reads Scripture

2012 Ian Randall Religious Liberty in Continental Europe: Campaigning by British Baptists, 1840s to 1930s

2013 Michael Peat Answering Mendel’s Dwarf: Thinking Theologically about Human Genetic Selection

2014 Helen Dare Always on the way and in the fray: Reading the Bible as Baptists

2015 Ed Kaneen What is Biblical Ministry? Revisiting diakonia in the New Testament

2016 Joshua Searle Church without Walls: Post-Soviet Baptists after the Ukranian Revolution, 2013-14

2017 Richard Pollard The Pioneering Evangelicalism of Dan Taylor (1738-1816)

2018 Helen Paynter Dead and Buried? Attending to the Voices of the Victim in the Old Testament and today

2019 Jo Kapolyo Theology and Culture:: An African Perspective 

2020 Robert Parkinson Finding a Friend: The Baptist Encounter with Judaism