Southern Baptist Convention

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This information is updated six to eight times a year based on information received from entities and the SBC Executive Committee. Last updated 9/12/19.

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 47,456
Total membership in the SBC network of churches 14,813,234
Weekly worship attendance 5,297,788
Total baptisms
reported by Southern Baptist churches
246,442
Cooperating state conventions 41
Cooperating local associations 1,126
from 2018 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, 8/30/2019
3,714
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
reported by IMB, 9/4/2019
3,176
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2019 Book of Reports
5,097
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2019 Book of Reports
624
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2019 Book of Reports
254

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 1,801
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 3,525
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 3,724
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,254
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 5,497
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,007
Total 22,808
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville 611
from 2017–2018 academic year as reported in the 2019 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 1,699
Distributed in 2018 $7,191,544
from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2019 Book of Reports

RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Dominant Ethnic Composition Churches Congregations*
Anglo churches 38,940 40,400
African American churches 3,341 3,929
Hispanic churches 2,222 3,506
Korean churches 760 907
Native American churches 391 435
Haitian churches 379 529
Chinese churches 210 269
Filipino churches 142 188
Multi-ethnic churches 181 299
20+ other ethnic and language groups 982 1,460
*Includes churches and church-type missions
provided by NAMB Center for Missional Research from 2017 Annual Church Profile data

REGULAR CHURCH GIVING

Total reported undesignated receipts given in Southern Baptist churches in 2017–2018
as reported by the churches on the 2018 Annual Church Profile, May 2019
$9,601,534,950.00
Total Cooperative Program dollars given by Southern Baptist churches in fiscal 2017–2018
as reported to the Executive Committee by the cooperating state Baptist conventions, April 2019
$463,076,368.00
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes
as reported by the Executive Committee, October 2018
$197,044,828.14
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2018
as reported by the SBC Executive Committee, 2017–2018 fiscal year
4.82 percent

DESIGNATED INDIVIDUAL GIVING

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
100% goes to support overseas missionaries
updated by IMB as of October 2018
$158,890,638.47
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of October 2018
$61,185,207.25
Global Hunger Relief
100% goes to fight hunger in North America and around the world
amount received through the SBC Executive Committee, 2017–2018 fiscal year; does not include direct gifts to IMB and NAMB
$2,647,087.00

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 103,356
Work hours 817,641
Total contacts 75,666
Gospel presentations 3,986
Professions of faith 549
Meals served 2,289,315
from NAMB ministry report in 2019 Book of Reports

CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

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 7,449
Number of others served 243,195
Spiritual decisions reported 1,328
from Baptist Coalition for Children and Families 2018 data

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 778
Total number of students involved 74,738
Total number of reported salvations through BCM 10,576
from National Collegiate Ministries 2017–18 Annual Statistics