Baptist Union of Australia

Baptist Union of Australia

The Baptist Union of Australia (BUA) is the oldest and largest national cooperative body of Baptists in Australia. Its current National President is Reverend Dr Ross Clifford.

The Baptist work in Australia began in Sydney in 1831, over forty years after the British penal colony was established. The first preacher was John McKaeg. The first baptism was in Woolloomooloo Bay in 1832. It was not until 1835 that the first church was established in Hobart Town by Henry Dowling, a strict Calvinist. John Saunders, sent by the Baptist Missionary Society of England, formed a church in 1836. The first state Union was formed in Victoria in 1862. The national Baptist Union was founded in 1926 by representatives from existing state unions.

The Baptist Union of Australia is a member of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (formerly Asian Baptist Federation) and the Baptist World Alliance. Ministry arms of the BUA include the Australian Baptist Missionary Society, Australian Baptist World Aid, Aboriginal and Islander Baptist Council of Australia, Crossover Australia, New Settlers' Baptist Association, and Northreach. "The National Baptist" is published as a quarterly promotional magazine. The national work is divided among seven state unions, which operate independently, with the national body functioning as an advisory council. In 2007, the Union comprised 61,409 members in 868 churches. [cite web|publisher=The Baptist Union of Australia|title=Our Statistics|accessdate=2008-02-18|url=] The National Church Life Survey in 2001 estimated weekly attendance of Baptist Churches in Australia at 112,200. [cite web|publisher=NCLS Research|accessdate=2008-02-18|title=Denominational Weekly Attendance|url=]

External links

* [ Baptist Union of Australia] - official Web Site
* [ Baptists in Australia] - a short history of Baptists in Australia
* [ Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT] - link to the Baptist churches of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
* [ Queensland Baptists ] - link to the Baptist churches of Queensland
* [ Baptist Union Of Victoria ] - link to the Baptist churches of Victoria
* [ Baptist Churches of South Australia ] - link to the Baptist churches of South Australia
* [ Baptist Union of Tasmania ] - link to the Baptist churches of Tasmania
* [ Baptist Churches of Western Australia ] - link to the Baptist churches of Western Australia

Australian Baptists Not Connected With the BUA

* [ Australian Baptist College (Independent Baptist)]
* [ Bethany Baptist, Seven Hills, NSW]
* [ Nepean Baptist, Kingswood, NSW]
* [ Faith Baptist, Croydon Park, NSW]
* [ Sanctuary Baptist, Linden Park, SA]
* [ Australasian Conference of Seventh Day Baptists]
* [ Association of Seventh Day Baptists (Australia)]


*"From Woolloomooloo to 'Eternity': A History of Australian Baptists" by Ken R. Manley (Paternoster, 2006, 2 volumes, ISBN 1-84227-194-6 & ISBN 1-84227-405-8)

*"Baptists Around the World", by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.

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