Southern Baptist Convention

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Updated 10/25/18


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 47,544
Total membership in the SBC network of churches 15,005,638
Weekly worship attendance 5,320,488
Total baptisms
reported by Southern Baptist churches
Cooperating state conventions 41
Cooperating local associations 1,131
from 2017 Annual Church Profile


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, 10/2018
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
reported by IMB, 6/2018
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2018 Book of Reports
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2018 Book of Reports
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2018 Book of Reports


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

Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention 1,948
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 3,079
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 3,788
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 3,624
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 5,513
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,076
Total 22,028
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville 608
from 2016–2017 academic year as reported in the 2018 Book of Reports


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 1,723
Paid out in 2017 $7,014,765
from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2018 Book of Reports


Dominant Ethnic Composition Churches Congregations*
Anglo churches 39,094 40,621
African American churches 3,228 3,828
Hispanic churches 2,103 3,453
Korean churches 734 884
Native American churches 399 440
Haitian churches 357 514
Chinese churches 197 251
Filipino churches 140 191
Multi-ethnic churches 169 278
20+ other ethnic and language groups 829 1,276
*Includes churches and church-type missions
provided by NAMB Center for Missional Research from 2016 Annual Church Profile data


Total reported undesignated receipts given in Southern Baptist churches in 2016–2017
as reported by the churches on the 2017 Annual Church Profile, June 2018
Total Cooperative Program dollars given by Southern Baptist churches in fiscal 2016–2017
as reported to the Executive Committee by the cooperating state Baptist conventions, April 2018
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes
as reported by the Executive Committee, October 2018
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2017
as reported by the SBC Executive Committee, 2016–2017 fiscal year
4.86 percent


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
100% goes to support overseas missionaries
updated by IMB as of October 2018
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of October 2018
Global Hunger Relief
100% goes to fight hunger in North America and around the world
amount received through the SBC Executive Committee, 2016–2017 fiscal year; does not include direct gifts to IMB and NAMB

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.



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 65,401
Work hours 673,319
Ministry contacts 26,481
Chaplaincy contacts 22,887
Gospel presentations 3,157
Professions of faith 603
Meals served 2,952,613
from NAMB ministry report in 2018 Book of Reports


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

Number of children in residential care 7,866
Number of others served 654,964
Spiritual decisions reported 1,174
from Baptist Coalition for Children and Families 2017 data


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 794
Total number of students involved 78,367
Total number of reported salvations through BCM 9,766
from National Collegiate Ministries 2016–17 Annual Statistics