From the back of the book:
This book of essays follows an historical/theological paradigm introduced in the United States several years ago by the Alban Institute and the American Baptist Churches. Through several examples, “Old First Churches” are examined in light of their historic pilgrimages and their capacity to survive many generations of change. Fourteen Maritime Canadian Baptist writers are joined by a pastor/historical analyst from one of the oldest congregations in the North American Baptist family: First Baptist, Swansea, Massachusetts. The historic conference in 2015 was held over two days in the Wolfville Baptist Church, the oldest continuing Baptist congregation in Canada.
Our “Old First Churches” are a treasure in our midst, connecting us with those who have gone before us. Many times over, these enduring examples of Christian witness have responded to the Spirit in reinventing themselves. For the first time in Canadian Christian studies, their stories are told.