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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 6/8/2020.

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 Churches47,530
Total membership in the SBC network of churches14,525,579
Weekly worship attendance 5,250,230
Total baptisms
reported by Southern Baptist churches
235,748
Cooperating state conventions41
Cooperating local associations1,116

from 2019 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 in the 2020 Book of Reports
3,615
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
reported by IMB, 5/1/2020
3,058
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2020 Book of Reports
3,057
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2020 Book of Reports
552
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2020 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 Convention1,826
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,000
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary3,841
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary4,765
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary5,538
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary3,848
Total23,818
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville484

from 2017–2018 academic year as reported in the 2020 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 assistance1,939
Distributed in 2018$7,362,271

from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2020 Book of Reports

RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Dominant Ethnic CompositionChurchesCongregations*
Anglo churches38,65239,909
African American churches3,3663,902
Hispanic churches2,2593,481
Korean churches753897
Native American churches388429
Haitian churches357488
Chinese churches206266
Filipino churches11181
Multi-ethnic churches187312
20+ other ethnic and language groups1,2101,749

*Includes churches and church-type missions
provided by NAMB Center for Missional Research from 2018 Annual Church Profile data

REGULAR CHURCH GIVING

Total reported undesignated receipts given in Southern Baptist churches in 2018–2019 as reported by the churches on the 2019 Annual Church Profile, May 2020$9,600,108,179.00
Total Cooperative Program dollars given by Southern Baptist churches in fiscal 2018–2019 as reported to the Executive Committee by the cooperating state Baptist conventions, May 2020 $462,299,010.12
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes as reported by the Executive Committee, October 2019 $462,299,010.12
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2019 as reported by the SBC Executive Committee, 2018–2019 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 2019
$157.3 million
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of June 2020
$61.6 million
Global Hunger Relief
100% goes to fight hunger in North America and around the world
amount received through the SBC Executive Committee, 2018–2019 fiscal year; does not include direct gifts to IMB and NAMB
$2,364,114.00

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 days50,998
Work hours817,641
Total contacts45,772
Gospel presentations4,167
Professions of faith916
Meals served2,289,315

from NAMB ministry report in 2020 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 care7,449
Number of others served243,195
Spiritual decisions reported1,328

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 Ministries768
Total number of students involved70,472
Total number of reported salvations through BCM7,025

from National Collegiate Ministries 2019–19 Annual Statistics