Nearly 100 years after the end of the Missouri Plan of dual alignment, some Baptists today hope to see more of the spirit of Baptist cooperation. Jerry Cain, chancellor of Judson University (an American Baptist school in Illinois), loves the history of the Missouri Plan and views it as an inspiring model for futire Baptist work.
Given the circumstances of the time, the Missouri Plan was considered revolutionary. Leaders hoped it could become a model for Baptists in other states. Many hoped that one result of the plan might be for Northern and Southern Baptists to come back together once again.
In short, the plan was a way for Baptists who held different views to work together, particularly in missions.
When the nation divided during the Civil War, Missouri found itself tugged in both directions as a ‘border state.’ In the war's aftermath, Baptists in Missouri experimented with a unique model of dual alignment.
The BWA World Congress shares dozens and dozens of languages and dialects and pray together, study the Bible together and sing the familiar songs of the faith simultaneously in their native languages. Attendees have suggested that the World Congress gives them a “foretaste of heaven” — even if it lasts for just five days every five years.