ROME (ABP) — Baptists in Europe pledged to work more closely with other Protestants on the continent in an agreement signed Sept. 24.
Leaders of the European Baptist Federation and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe signed an accord declaring themselves to be “mutually cooperating bodies.”
One of six regional bodies comprising the Baptist World Alliance, the European Baptist Federation is a union of 51 regional and national Baptist bodies. The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe formed in 1973 with adoption of an agreement ending 450 years of division between the Lutheran and Reformed churches dating back to the Protestant Reformation. It numbers more than 105 Lutheran, Reformed and Methodist bodies in more than 30 countries in Europe. The body also includes a handful of South American denominations whose roots are in Protestant immigration from Europe.
Tony Peck, general secretary of the European Baptist Federation, called the agreement a “clear sign of closer cooperation.” Read on…