News from and for the Society for Protestant Church Polity
January 2021 --- Volume 2, Issue 1
In this newsletter
Welcome Keep us in the loop! Celebrating One Year! Journal Website resources Recent Articles Pandemic Modificatoins
Welcome to this issue of the quarterly newsletter of the Society for Protestant Church Polity. This newsletter is designed to help keep the members of the Society for Protestant Church Polity updated on conferences, opportunities, and member news. Much of this newsletter will depend on you, the members, keeping us updated on news, developments, and opportunities.
Keep us in the loop!
Do you know of conferences, symposia, colloquia, or other events that would be beneficial to the society? Are there recent publications, including your own, that you would like to share with others in the society? Is there a position open that might be good for the society to be aware of? Is there member news, such as a new position, a milestone in career or something else that you would like to share?
This newsletter marks the first issue of volume 2, which means that our Society has been in existence for a year! It is significant, I think, what we have achieved together in this last year. Our Society currently has nearly 70 members in 12 countries across 5 continents, which is, itself, significant. Marking a year, however, is not just one for celebration, but also one in which we look forward to what lies ahead. We look forward to a more formal organization, complete with a constitution, an elected board of directors, and elected officers. While this will all come in due time, these are the most significant developments for the future. Additionally, we will continue to work to increase the value and usefulness of the Society for the members, including finding ways to facilitate international and ecumenical collaboration. We look forward to what the future holds for us.
If you have not yet seen the inaugural issue of Church Polity: International Studies in Protestant Church Polity you can read it here. This first issue sets a good foundation for the future of the journal.
A second issue is planned for October 2021. The continued existence of such a journal depends on quality contributions. We are looking for original research articles and reviews of recently published books. You can find submission guidelines here. In order to complete the editorial and review process, submissions must be received by 1 June 2021 for consideration for the next issue. For the second issue, we are hoping that others will contribute essays on their own contexts about major church polity developments over the last 25 years and your evaluations of them. We also invite essays on other topics related to church polity, as well. Please spread the word about the journal and invite contributions from scholars in your own networks.
We are working on increasing the resources on our website. If it has been a little while since you've been there, take a look at http://churchpolity.org. In particular, look at the "Library" tab. There you will find the beginnings of a resource collection that we are continuing to grow.
There is a small but continually growing collection of links to church orders from around the world. Is yours on there? If not, send a link and we can ensure that it is added.
There is a page for links to online church polity resources. Do you know of others that would be valuable to the Society? Let us know and we will add it.
Finally, there are English translations of Dutch church orders from the sixteenth century. This is still a work in progress, as well, and as files are formatted more will be added.
While many of the items currently there tend to be Reformed in orientation, it is not at all the intention to be exclusive to the Reformed tradition. Our society is Protestant, and so we want resources from the breadth of the Protestant traditions. Our desire is to create a significant church polity resource for the Society and the world. If you have other suggestions for things that would be helpful for the website, please let us know that, too.