Founders Ministries

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Founders Ministries
Founders Ministries logo.png
Formation 1982 (1982)
Executive Director
Thomas Ascol
Formerly called
Southern Baptist Founders Conference

Founders Ministries, previously known as the Southern Baptist Founders Conference, is a Reformed Baptist[1] group within the Southern Baptist Convention in the United States. Its goal is to return Southern Baptists to their roots[2], and it has contributed to the Southern Baptist Convention conservative resurgence. The executive director is Thomas Ascol.

The Southern Baptist Founders Conference was established in 1982, holding its first annual conference in 1983.[3] The organization which developed was renamed Founders Ministries in 1998.[4] As of 2007, there were 807 subscribing congregations in the United States.[5]

According to Nathan Finn, non-Calvinists within the Southern Baptist Convention "seem to be especially concerned with the influence of Founders Ministries."[6] Critics argue that Southern Baptists have never been Calvinistic. Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries, stated a majority of the founders of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845 held to the doctrines of grace.[7]

Founders Ministries has operated Founders Press since 1983,[8] and publishes Founders Journal, a quarterly journal established in 1990.


  1. ^ Olson, Roger E. (2004). "Calvinism/Arminianism". The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology. p. 297. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Abstract of Principles – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary". SBTS. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  3. ^ Robinson, Jeff (29 July 2002). "Founders Ministries marks 20th anniversary". Baptist Press. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  4. ^ "FAQ". Founders Ministries. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. ^ Brackney, William H. (2009). Historical Dictionary of the Baptists. Scarecrow Press. p. 224. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. ^ Finn, Nathan A. (2010). "Southern Baptist History: A Great Commission Reading". The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God's Mandate in Our Time. B&H Publishing Group. p. 73. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ Robinson, Jeff. "Founders Ministries marks 20th anniversary". Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  8. ^ "Announcing Founders Press". Founders Ministries. Retrieved 6 August 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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