The United Reformed Church is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. As a child of nine, I recall the sign changing on the village chapel from D***** Congregational Church to D***** United Reformed Church. It was another three years before I began to worship regularly there, and that particular URC retains a special place in my heart. It was there I learned about congregational governance, the importance of membership and communal discernment... attributes that resonated deep with my inner being. Although I would in time come to specifically Baptist convictions rather than Congregational/URC ones, we have much common heritage... indeed that little URC/Congregational church in D began life as a Baptist 'plant'.
Roberta Rominger, for whom I have deep repsect, has listed "fifteen things to love" about the URC. They are interesting to look at, and some made my chuckle a little - especially that in their forty year history they have been ordaining women for ninety five!!! (Baptists and Congregationalists can legitimately make the claim; the URC can more legitmately claim that from its foundation it has ordained women...). A longer list of forty items can be found here.
It's perhaps as well that as Baptists we have not set out to identify 400 things we love about our tradition!!