The Baptist Heritage Lecture Series is to promote the study, discussion, and research of Baptist historical events, theological distinctives, traditions and leaders that are unique and essential to understanding who Baptists are.
- To promote contemporary study of the 400 years of Baptist history.
- To help 21st century Baptists and others to understand the tradition of Baptists being a “free people in a free state.”
- To raise awareness of the importance of certain very basic Baptist traditions, including religious liberty, priesthood of the believer, authority of the scripture, social justice, salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and diversity of Baptists.
- To sponsor appropriate lecture series and/or academic symposia to promote the study and discussion of the history and beliefs of Baptists.
- To explore changing patterns in Baptist life, with emphasis given to the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist World Alliance, Kentucky Baptist Convention, etc.
- To promote reconciliation among Baptists across lines of race, ethnicity, language, etc.
- To help highlight the unique contributions of African American Baptists.