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This information is updated two to three times a year based on information received from entities and the SBC Executive Committee.
Last updated 1/5/2022.

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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 specific set of missions and ministry initiatives, all for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.

**Statistical records and data collection were dramatically affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Cooperating Churches47,592
Total membership in the SBC network of churches14,089,947
Weekly worship attendance 4,439,797
Total baptisms reported by Southern Baptist churches123,160
Cooperating state conventions41
Cooperating local associations1,114
from 2020 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 fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Overseas missionaries
reported by IMB, (imb.org/fast-facts)
3,597
Unengaged Unreached People Groups
reported by IMB, (imb.org/fast-facts)
3,105
Domestic missionaries
reported by NAMB in the 2021 SBC Annual, *see p. 133
2,218*
New churches planted
reported by NAMB in the 2021 SBC Annual
588
Existing churches joining with the SBC
reported by NAMB in the 2021 SBC Annual
143

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 Convention1,921
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,374
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary4,454
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary5,215
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary5,569
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary3,907
Total25,530
Seminary Extension Division, Nashville488
from 2019-2020 academic year as reported in the 2021 SBC Annual

MISSION:DIGNITY

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 assistance1,870
Distributed in 2020$8,072,459
from GuideStone Financial Resources ministry report in 2021 SBC Annual

RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Dominant Ethnic CompositionChurchesCongregations*
Anglo churches38,66639,755
African American churches3,3963,891
Hispanic churches2,3183,390
Korean churches761896
Native American churches398431
Haitian churches351464
Chinese churches225275
Filipino churches140174
Multi-ethnic churches224375
20+ other ethnic and language groups1,0511,487
*Includes churches and church-type missions
provided by NAMB Center for Missional Research from 2020 Annual Church Profile data

REGULAR CHURCH GIVING

Total reported undesignated receipts given in Southern Baptist churches in 2019–2020
reported by the churches on the 2020 Annual Church Profile, April 2021
$9,531,225,749
Total Cooperative Program dollars given by Southern Baptist churches in fiscal 2019-2020
reported to the Executive Committee by the cooperating state Baptist conventions, May 2021
$455,553,027
Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts received for SBC causes
reported by the Executive Committee via Baptist Press, October 2021
$192,271,436
Average percentage of undesignated receipts churches gave through the Cooperative Program in 2020
reported by the SBC Executive Committee, 2019-2020 fiscal year
4.78 percent

DESIGNATED INDIVIDUAL GIVING

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions—100% goes to support overseas missionaries
updated by IMB as of October 2021
$177.6 million
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions—100% goes to support North American missionaries
updated by NAMB as of October 2021
$66.5 million
Global Hunger Relief—100% goes to fight hunger in North America and around the world
amount received through the SBC Executive Committee, 2019-2020 fiscal year; does not include direct gis to IMB and NAMB for GHR
$2,135,909

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 financial help during floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and urban disasters.

Volunteer days106,000
Work hours655,763
Gospel presentations6,780
Professions of faith872
Meals served752,194
from NAMB ministry report in 2021 SBC Annual

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 care3,341
Number of others served386,663
Spiritual decisions reported1,812
from Baptist Coalition for Children and Families 2019 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 2019–20 Annual Statistics