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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 2/15/2021.

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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 specific 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 churches235,748
Cooperating state conventions41
Cooperating local associations1,116
from 2019 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 fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Overseas missionaries
reported by IMB, 1/31/2021
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
reported by IMB, 2019 Annual Statistical Profile
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2020 SBC Annual
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2020 SBC Annual
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2020 SBC Annual


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
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville484
from 2018–2019 academic year as reported in the 2020 SBC Annual


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

Individuals or couples receiving financial assistance1,939
Distributed in 2019$7,362,271
from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2020 SBC Annual


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


Total reported undesignated receipts given in Southern Baptist churches in 2018–2019
reported by the churches on the 2019 Annual Church Profile, May 2020
Total Cooperative Program dollars given by Southern Baptist churches in fiscal 2018–2019
reported to the Executive Committee by the cooperating state Baptist conventions, May 2020
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes
reported by the Executive Committee, October 2020
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2019
reported by the SBC Executive Committee, 2018–2019 fiscal year
4.82 percent


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions—100% goes to support overseas missionaries
updated by IMB as of October 2020
$159.5 million
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions—100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of October 2020
$49.3 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

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 financial help during floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, 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 SBC Annual


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


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 2019–20 Annual Statistics