Southern Baptist Convention

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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a fellowship of over 47,000 Baptist churches scattered across the United States and its territories. These congregations, comprised of numerous racial, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic people groups, are called “cooperating churches.” They have organized themselves to accomplish a speci c set of missions and ministry initiatives, all for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.

Cooperating Churches 47,272
Total membership in the SBC network of churches 15,216,978
Weekly worship attendance 5,200,716
Total baptisms
reported by Southern Baptist churches
280,773
Cooperating state conventions 42
Cooperating local associations 1,136
from 2016 Annual Church Profile

MISSION BOARD REPORTS

The International Mission Board (IMB) and North American Mission Board (NAMB) assist churches in evangelizing, discipling, and planting reproducing churches in our nation and around the world in ful llment of the Great Commission.

Overseas missionaries
reported by IMB, 9/13/17
3,612
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
from IMB Global Research, PeopleGroups.org, 7/5/17
3,261
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2017 Book of Reports
5,262
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2017 Book of Reports
732
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2017 Book of Reports
232

SEMINARY STUDENTS TRAINED

The Convention operates six seminaries and a Seminary Extension program to train its ministers and Christian workers.

Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention 2,073
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 1,964
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 3,890
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 3,579
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 5,373
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,276
Total 21,155
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville 620
from 2015–2016 academic year as reported in the 2017 Book of Reports

MISSION:DIGNITY

Mission:Dignity, a ministry of GuideStone Financial Resources, provides nancial assistance to retired ministers, denominational workers, their spouses, and widows.

Individuals or couples receiving financial assistance 1,787
Paid out in 2016 $7,115,135
from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2017 Book of Reports

RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Dominant Ethnic Composition Churches Congregations
Anglo churches 39,009 40,597
African American churches 3,120 3,747
Hispanic churches 2,023 3,429
Korean churches 713 872
Native American churches 397 440
Haitian churches 313 503
Chinese churches 191 245
Filipino churches 136 192
Multi-ethnic churches 182 288
21+ other ethnic and language groups 691 1,131
*Includes churches and church-type missions
provided by NAMB Center for Missional Research from 2015 Annual Church Profile data

REGULAR CHURCH GIVING

Total reported undesignated receipts given in SBC churches
updated as of June 2017
$9,216,198,700.00
Total CP dollars given by SBC churches
updated as of April 2017
$475,212,293.00
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes
updated as of October 2016
$195,730,508.04
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2016
reported by SBC Executive Committee, 2015–16 scal year
5.16%

DESIGNATED INDIVIDUAL GIVING

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
100% goes to support overseas missionaries
updated by IMB as of June 2017
$152,982,560.94
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of October 2016
$58,860,553.00
Global Hunger Relief
100% goes to fight hunger in North America and around the world
amount received through the SBC Executive Committee, 2015–2016 fiscal year; does not include direct gifts to IMB and NAMB
$3,274,822.00

The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.


IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE CONVENTIONS

DISASTER RELIEF

The North American Mission Board and state convention partners organize Southern Baptists’ response to disasters. They contribute manpower, ministry, and nancial help during oods, hurricanes, tornadoes, res, earthquakes, and urban disasters.

Volunteer days 109,743
Ministry contacts 35,181
Chaplaincy contacts 31,592
Gospel presentations 3,581
Professions of faith 549
Bibles distributed 6,748
Total meals 1,910,985
from NAMB ministry report in 2017 Book of Reports

CHILDREN'S ANND FAMILY MINISTRIES

The Baptist Coalition for Children and Families represents twenty-two ministries established by state Baptist conventions to serve at-risk children and their familes through residential care, counseling, foster care enlistment, and adoption assistance.

Number of children in residential care 8,843
Number of others served 2,619,506
Spiritual decisions reported 1,128
from 2016 Statistical Data for Baptist Child Care Agencies

BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES

LifeWay Christian Resources and state conventions collaborate to make disciples on college campuses across the nation through Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM).

Number of Baptist Collegiate Ministries 860
Total number of students involved 86,706
Total nunber of reported salvations through BCM 10,632
from National Collegiate Ministries 2015–16 Annual Statistics