I have been doing some reading about Baptist History. I have also had some discussions about Church Polity (i.e. how a church governs itself). Does anyone have any idea as to when we started using a written Constitution or Doctrinal Statements?
I know the reason why we have them, and I know they can be dangerous tools if used incorrectly. However I also believe that if the congregation understands the necessity of them, why we have them, and what their proper use is, they can be extremely useful.
Any references or ideas would be greatly appreciated!