The Baptist Hymnal
is the primary book of hymns and songs used for Christian worship
affiliated with the United States denomination
, the Southern Baptist Convention
The title was first used for a Convention publication in 1956, and a second version was released in 1975. The third version of The Baptist Hymnal
was released in 1991. The newest version of the Baptist Hymnal was released in 2008.
The Worship Project
Plans are in place for a new resource, The Worship Project
, with the goal of "meeting the worship needs of churches by embarking on an innovative venture to couple an updated Baptist Hymnal with modern technology."
At a summit meeting in January 2007, leadership from across Southern Baptist life came together to contribute direction to the overall makeup of the project. Attendees included music professors from Southern Baptist seminaries and 21 Baptist colleges, as well as church musicians, worship leaders, music industry leaders, representatives from the staff that created the 1991 Baptist Hymnal and current LifeWay employees who are devoted to the project. Among other priorities discussed, the summit served as a means to get feedback from music practitioners on criteria for selecting the hymns, worship songs and praise choruses to be included.
In July 2007, LifeWay announced the names of the products to be included in the Worship Project: Baptist Hymnal
, The Worship Hymnal