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Bill Leonard: Hospitable traditionalism

Local congregations are finding ways to thrive by developing liturgical and ministry-based niches in their communities while anchoring their identities in denominations, says the dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity.

February 2, 2010

Editor’s note: As the Christian landscape changes, leaders must ask and answer a new question: What’s the future of denominations? This video is part of an occasional series that offers the thoughts of people across American Christianity on this vital issue. To see the entire series, click here.

Bill J. Leonard is dean of the School of Divinity and professor of church history at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is an ordained Baptist minister.

Leonard is the author or editor of many books, including “The Nature of the Church;” “Word of God Across the Ages: Using Church History in Preaching;” “God’s Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention;” “Appalachian Christianity: Profiles in Regional Pluralism;” “Baptist Ways: A History;” and “Baptists in America.” His most recent books are “Baptist Questions, Baptist Answers” and “The Baptist Bible,” of which he was co-editor. Both books were published in 2009.