Baptist Hymnal

Baptist Hymnal

The "Baptist Hymnal" is the primary book of hymns and songs used for Christian worship in churches affiliated with the United States denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.

The title was first used for a Convention publication in 1956, and a second version was released in 1975. The third version of "The Baptist Hymnal" was released in 1991. The newest version of the Baptist Hymnal is set to release in 2008.

The Worship Project

Plans are in place for a new resource, "The Worship Project", with the goal of "meeting the worship needs of churches by embarking on an innovative venture to couple an updated Baptist Hymnal with modern technology." [ [ LifeWay: Biblical Solutions for Life - LifeWay Worship Music Group developing 'ultimate worship resource' ] ]

At a summit meeting in January 2007, leadership from across Southern Baptist life came together to contribute direction to the overall makeup of the project. Attendees included music professors from Southern Baptist seminaries and 21 Baptist colleges, as well as church musicians, worship leaders, music industry leaders, representatives from the staff that created the 1991 Baptist Hymnal and current LifeWay employees who are devoted to the project. Among other priorities discussed, the summit served as a means to get feedback from music practitioners on criteria for selecting the hymns, worship songs and praise choruses to be included. [ [ LifeWay: Biblical Solutions for Life - Music Legends And Leaders Come Together For Hymnal Summit ] ]

In July 2007, LifeWay announced the names of the products to be included in the Worship Project: "Baptist Hymnal", "The Worship Hymnal", and "". [ [ LifeWay: Biblical Solutions for Life - LifeWay Announces Product Names For The 2008 Worship Project ] ]

In October 2007, a Theology Committee was convened at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a theological review of songs that will be included in the project. Jon Duncan, state music director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, served as committee leader. [ [ LifeWay: Biblical Solutions for Life - Committee To Ensure Doctrine, Theology Of New Baptist Hymnal ] ]

The project release is scheduled for 2008.



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