Anatomy of a Reformation by Paige Patterson

I just finished reading, Anatomy of a Reformation: The Southern Baptist Convention 1978-2004 by Paige Patterson. It’s a short booklet that gives Southern Baptists a little inside picture on the conservative resurgence from one who helped lead the way.

He breaks down the reformation to the phases of (1) Reformation and Captivity; (2) Realism and Renewal; (3) Redirection and Hope. I recommend this to all in my church and have connections to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Here are some nuggets:

  • “Many such efforts [at reformation] had been attempted but had uniformly failed because they were launched either by a little-known leaders or else by isolated individuals who knew little of the value of organization or political process” (3).
  • “The key was to organize the two groups of conservatives and educate the intuitive conservatives in the methods available to effect change and of the necessity for doing so” (3).
  • So if you want to reform a church or association or convention to glorify God, you should work toward being known, getting organized, and knowing politics.
  • He spoke of denominational officers and leaders who were supposed to be serving local churches but instead served fellow “elite” denominational leaders on various levels (5).

About pjtibayan

P. J. loves Jesus Christ and lives to share life and share Jesus together with Bethany Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County. P. J. has been pastoring since 2002 and earned a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (D.Min.). He blogs regularly at
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