Southern Baptist Convention

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Southern Baptist Convention
Denomination type: Baptist Bodies
Year Reporting: 2016
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Description: The Southern Baptist Convention was organized on May 10, 1845, in Augusta, Georgia. Cooperating Baptist churches are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands. The members of the churches work together through 1,136 district associations and 42 state conventions or fellowships. The Southern Baptist Convention has an Executive Committee and 12 national entities - four boards, six seminaries, one commission, and one auxiliary organization.
The purpose of the Southern Baptist Convention is "to provide a general organization for Baptists in the United States and its territories for the promotion of Christian missions at home and abroad and any other objects such as Christian education, benevolent enterprises, and social services which it may deem proper and advisable for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God" (Constitution, Article II).
The Convention exists in order to help the churches lead people to God through Jesus Christ.
From the beginning, there has been a mission desire to share the Gospel with the peoples of the world. The Cooperative Program is the basic channel of mission support. In addition, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions support Southern Baptists' world mission programs.
As of June 2017, there were 3,582 missionaries serving in foreign countries and 5,262 missionaries serving in North America.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 901 Commerce St.
Address line 2:
City: Nashville
State: Tennessee
Zip Code: 37203
Country: United States
Phone: (615)244-2355

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Vice Pres. for Convention Communications, and Relations, Roger S. Oldham
Phone: (615)244-2355
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Dr. Roger S. Oldham
Position: VP, Convention Communications, and Relations SBC Executive Committee
Phone: (615)782-8609

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 15,216,978
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 15,216,978
Total Churches: 47,272
Average Attendance: 5,200,716
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 105,536
Other Service to the Church: 16,453
Retired: 0
Total Clergy: 121,989

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 44,915
Pupils: 6,922,725
Staff: 684,665
Total Individuals: 7,607,390

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $1,189,656,873.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $999,999.00
Total Financial: $119,065,687,200
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures