Students of evangelical history know a good deal about a relatively small number of leading figures. If you want to know about John Stott, or Martyn Lloyd-Jones, you’re well served.
Much less is known about evangelicalism in the parishes, apart from a few (excellent) case studies. Even less is known about the formal and informal networks within denominations, and between evangelicals in different churches, nationally and locally.
The British Evangelical Networks project will enable historians, librarians and archivists and members of local churches to collaborate in compiling a database of the connections between evangelical ministers, congregations, universities, ministerial training colleges, para-church organisations, and major events and conventions. No one scholar could do this job, but by collaboration it is possible.
The database will help to answer important questions such as:
(i) which churches had ministers who would have owned the label of ‘evangelical’ ?
(ii) where were evangelical ministers trained, and who might they have trained with ?
(iii) how strong were evangelical organisations within the main denominations, and in between them ?
(iv) where did evangelical ministers work ? Were there more evangelicals in some areas of the country than others ? Did that change over time ?
(v) how did evangelicals in England interact with those in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland ?