Baptists 175 years (8/12)
1965 - 1975: A time of reorientation
A new generation of senior siblings assumes responsibility in the Western Nations. John Arndt is 1966 New national chairman, 1973 Günter Hitzemann. In 1967, Gerhard Claas federal director, succeeding Rudolf Thaut, director of the School of Theology in 1968. Willi Green in 1965, managing editor at the publishing house. It begins a period of reorganization and consolidation, because previous was unstable. Constitution, electoral law and accountability of faith be reworked. The Brethren of the Brethren constituted. Manfred Otto, Federal Director since 1970, leads the term 'Federal Mission House "and is aiming for a new building. Contacts with other free churches are strengthened, especially in the fields of broadcasting work, education and social welfare.
Theological Seminary Hamburg lead student protests because of undue living and study conditions for Reconstructions and a reorganization of life on campus. The most discussed issue is the marriage of the students - it was previously married not possible to stay in the seminar. Later, the question of the ministry of women stands strong in our covenant community to the forefront. It employs the Federal Council for several years until 1975 and is not yet a final decision. In connection with the '68 student protests leaning against the seminarians to the previously unquestioned authority. Many in solidarity with the students work. A whole group left the seminar, based either on other churches and political groups or trying to find a therapist with a professional livelihood. Efforts to reach a total free-church training institute are in vain.
Student Work: In several cities were Baptist University student groups and residence halls, supported and promoted by "Altakademiker". In the wake of the student protests in 1968, several critical voices against the established structures and people of the covenant. The end of 1968 for full-time students appointed warden Hagen Seuffert is attacked in his position between the lines on all sides. 1970 prohibits the publication of the Federal line publications (including semester magazine "SZ") under the name of the state. At the height of the dispute to the Federal Council in 1971 in Stuttgart come to light unbridgeable theological and political differences. Students work of the Confederation soon thereafter cease to work. Many students and graduates leave our communities.
Publisher: As a direct result of the clashes leave Annemarie Oesterle and Ulrich Hühne the Oncken Verlag. The "young team" sets her appearance and later "word + deed." Economic development is a concern.
Mission: After several major crusades with Billy Graham nationwide projects shall be undertaken: field mission Rhine / Ruhr, "EURO 70" Partnership mission, "evangelia" training programs for personal evangelism and establishment of a Federal Agency under the direction of Günter Wieske 1968th Increasingly seek to integrate representatives of the Confederation of Baptists from Eastern European countries in resettled communities. The Foreign Mission will be expanded under the direction of Helmut Grundmann (since 1967). In collaboration with the Youth Department in 1975 created the training workshop in Maroua (Cameroon), other branches of labor incurred in Sierra Leone and South America ("missionary activities in South America", MASA, initiated by Horst Borkowski).
Youth Department: responsible Rudi Sichelschmidt in 1965 and Karl Heinz Walter from 1969 the department for children, youth group, and youth work with their own lines. The National Youth meeting biennially attract many participants. The redesigned ABC courses stabilize the trunk of the volunteer staff. International relations to take, since KH Walter also heads the BWA Youth Committee. The strong commitment to the foreign mission is based on a developmental interest among the youth, which abuts partly to concerns on the part of the Federal line.
Diakonia: After the war, newly established diaconal works and institutions are expanding their work, but the parent companies Deaconess lacks talent. Walter Füllbrandt converts the previous Albertinen mother house in Hamburg into a modern Diakoniewerk, the addition to the deaconesses also staff members and volunteers.
Harold iron sheets (Hamburg)