Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha

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Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha
Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha Logo.svg
ClassificationEvangelical Christianity
TheologyBaptist
AssociationsAsia Pacific Baptist Federation, Baptist World Alliance
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Origin1935
Congregations381
Members25,187
Official websitebbcs.org.bd

The Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha is a Baptist Christian denomination in Bangladesh. It is affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance. The headquarters is in Dhaka.

History[edit]

The Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha has its origins in a British mission of the BMS World Mission in 1793. [1] It is officially founded in 1935 as Bengal Baptist Union. [2] In 2001, it takes the name of Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha.[3] According to a denomination census released in 2020, it claimed 381 churches and 25,187 members. [4]

Contributions[edit]

One of the major contributions by the early Baptists missionaries to the development of modern Bengal in the area of linguistics and educational work. This included the development of a Bengali dictionary and grammar, the first translation of the Bible in Bengali as well as the publication Digdarshan and Samachar Darpan, periodicals that represent the beginnings of the Bengali press. They also co-founded the Calcutta School Book Society in 1817 which published thousands of textbooks in modern science, geography and history for the first time in Bengali.[5]

Ministries[edit]

The BBS participates as a partner with the College of Christian Theology in Dhaka and also operates hostel programs for students at college and university level. The BBS runs 2 high schools for girls and boys, a junior high school, 64 primary schools, a school for blind girls, two children's homes with schools as well as a hospital, a leprosy hospital, and 4 clinics.[6]

Affiliations[edit]

The BBS participates actively in ecumenical relationships through:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Scarecrow Press, USA, 2009, p. 49-50
  2. ^ J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 282
  3. ^ Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha, About Us, bbcs.org, Bangladesh, retrieved September 17, 2019
  4. ^ Baptist World Alliance, Members, baptistworld.org, USA, retrieved December 5, 2020
  5. ^ Laird, Michael A. (2012). "Christianity". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  6. ^ World Council of Churches: Bangladesh Baptist Sangha Archived 2008-07-09 at the Wayback Machine

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