Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars

The Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars (CBCNC) is a Christian denomination in north coastal Andhra Pradesh.[4] The churches are part of the Telugu Christian community of Southern India. Its language is Telugu. It is affiliated to the Baptist World Alliance (BWA),[5] the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars consists of 1,063 churches and more than 165,400 baptized members.[6][5]

Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars
AbbreviationCBCNC
ClassificationProtestant
OrientationCalvinist
ScriptureHoly Bible
PolityCongregational
GovernanceAssociation
AssociationsNational Council of Churches in India[1]
Baptist World Alliance[2]
RegionAndhra Pradesh
HeadquartersKakinada
FounderThomas Gabriel and the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
Origin1874[3]
Kakinada
Branched fromCanadian Baptist Mission
CongregationsQuirk Memorial Baptist Church, Visakhapatnam
MinistersChetti Bhanumurthy, Mutyala Theophilus, A. B. Masilamani, Chetti Devasahayam, S. E. Krupa Rao, Lella Prakasam, M. S. G. Lalitha Kumari, Chetti Daniel,
MissionariesMuriel Carder, Jessie Rosser, E. L. Quirk, J. I. Richardson, A. D. Matheson, Waldo Penner, Winnifred Eaton, Mattie E. Curry, Ruth Fletcher, Winnifred Paskall, Mildred H. Law

History

CBCNC was founded in 1874[3] which was ecclesiastically separated on linguistic basis from the Canadian Baptist Mission founded by Thomas Gabriel along with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. In the postcolonial era, the Canadian Baptist Mission was erected into four ecclesiastical societies based on linguistic basis,

  • among the Kui speaking people,
    • Kui Baptist Association (KBA),[7]
  • among the Odiya speaking people,
    • Utkal Baptist Churches Association (UBCA),[8]
  • among the Telugu speaking people,
    • Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars (CBCNC),
  • among the Soura speaking people,
    • Soura Baptist Christian Mandali Sammilani (SBCMS),[9]

From 1947 to 1972, the Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars was managed effortlessly in spite of difficulties. During 1972, crisis brew in the Convention leading to irreparable damage. M. B. Diwakar researched on the crisis with the title, An Investigation into the historical antecedents of the crisis in the CBCNC during 1972 to 1974.[10] Due to the crisis, the Churches established by the Canadian Baptist Mission continued to move forward due to the congregational type of structure. However, the central leadership is not in place as there are many fractions of the Convention, each claiming to be the rightful successor and the matter continues to be subjudice.[11]

Institutions

The following are the existing institutions, which continue to be under management of CBCNC,

References

Notes
  1. National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) member Churches Member List Archived 25 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, National Council of Churches in India
  2. Baptist World Alliance member bodies. Member Bodies Archived 2005-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Mary Stillwell McLaurin, Chetti Bhanumurti in John Craig, J. R. Stillwell, I. C. Archibald, A. E. Baskerville (Edited), Some of the Trophies: Canadian Baptist Foreign Mission Board Jubilee Volume, Telugu Trophies – The Jubilee story of some of the principal Telugu converts in the Canadian Baptist Foreign Mission in India from 1874 to 1924, American Baptist Publication Society, Toronto.
  4. baptistene.info Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. http://bwanet.org/about-us2/stats
  6. http://www.cbcncindia.org/index.php
  7. Kui Baptist Association
  8. Utkal Baptist Mandali Sammiloni
  9. "Soura Baptist Association". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  10. M. B. Diwakar, An Investigation into the historical antecedents of the crisis in the CBCNC during 1972 to 1974 in Thesis Titles, Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, Bangalore, 1991.
  11. 2001 (2) ALD 215, 2001 (2) ALT 190. . 2003 (5) ALD 218 . 1992 (2) ALT 715 . 2007 (1) ALD 385 . 2002 (6) ALD 503
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