At the September 2008 “Pearl and Leaven” Bavinck conference in Grand Rapids, MI, several leaders and attendees proposed a scholarly society as a vehicle for maintaining communication among the international body of teachers, students, and pastors who are interested in the theology of the “two Bavincks.”

The Society officially launched in December 2009, and its website and activities are managed by the Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary. The advisory board of the Institute serves in the same capacity for the Society.