The American Baptist Association

The American Baptist Association

4605 N State Line Ave.
Texarkana,, TX 75503
United States

Attesting Officer
The Rev. Steve Reeves
Promotion Director


Media Contact
Steve Reeves

33.4634809, -94.0444784


The American Baptist Association (ABA) is an international fellowship of independent Baptist churches voluntarily cooperating in missionary, evangelistic, benevolent and Christian education activities throughout the world. Its beginnings can be traced to the landmark movement of the 1850s. Led by James R. Graves and J.M. Pendleton, a significant number of Baptist churches in the South, claiming a New Testament heritage, rejected as extrascriptural the policies of the newly formed Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Because they strongly advocated church equality, many of these churches continued doing mission and benevolent work apart from the SBC, electing to work through local associations. Meeting in Texarkana, TX, in 1924, messengers from the various churches effectively merged two of these major associations, the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas and the General Association, forming the American Baptist Association.
Since 1924, mission efforts have been supported in Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Central America, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South America and the South Pacific. An even more successful domestic mission effort has changed the ABA from a predominantly rural southern organization to one with churches in 48 states.
Through its publishing arm in Texarkana, the ABA publishes literature and books numbering into the thousands. Major seminaries include the Missionary Baptist Seminary, founded by Dr. Ben M. Bogard in Little Rock, AR; Texas Baptist Seminary, Henderson, TX; Oxford Baptist Institute, Oxford, MS; and Florida Baptist Schools in Lakeland, FL.
While no person may speak for the churches of the ABA, all accept the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. They believe Christ was the virgin-born Son of God, that God is a triune God, that the only church is the local congregation of scripturally baptized believers and that the work of the church is to spread the gospel.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2009
100,000
0
0
100,000
1,600
2000
275,000
0
0
275,000
1,760
1998
0
0
0
275,000
1,760
1986
0
0
0
250,000
1,705
1983
0
0
0
225,000
1,641
1982
225,000
0
0
225,000
1,641
1981
1,500,000
0
0
1,500,000
5,000
1980
1,500,000
0
0
1,500,000
5,000
1979
1,500,000
0
0
1,500,000
5,000
1978
1,350,000
0
0
1,350,000
4,500
1975
1,071,000
0
0
1,071,000
3,570
1974
1,003,695
0
0
1,003,695
3,361
1973
955,900
0
0
955,900
3,336
1972
869,000
0
0
869,000
3,321
1971
790,000
0
0
790,000
3,295
1970
786,536
0
0
786,536
3,286
1969
782,902
0
0
782,902
3,274
1968
745,620
0
0
745,620
3,262
1966
731,000
0
0
731,000
3,247
1965
0
0
0
726,112
3,227
1964
0
0
0
719,100
3,196
1963
0
0
0
655,200
3,151
1962
0
0
0
653,000
3,131
1961
0
0
0
650,800
3,117
1960
0
0
0
648,000
3,091
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2000
1,740
0
0
1,760
1998
1,740
0
0
1,760
1986
1,740
0
0
1,760
1981
5,000
0
0
5,700
1980
5,000
0
0
5,700
1979
5,000
0
0
5,425
1978
5,500
0
0
5,870
1975
4,000
0
0
4,070
1974
3,600
0
0
3,651
1973
3,300
0
0
3,338
1972
3,300
0
0
3,368
1971
3,280
0
0
3,312
1970
3,286
0
0
3,512
1969
3,274
0
0
3,309
1968
3,165
0
0
3,195
1966
3,100
0
0
3,175
1965
3,000
0
0
3,150
1964
2,355
0
0
2,525
1963
2,310
0
0
2,425
1962
2,290
0
0
2,405
1961
2,266
0
0
2,385
1960
2,240
0
0
2,365
1959
2,228
0
0
2,350
1958
2,200
0
0
2,300
1957
2,125
0
0
2,172
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1981
5,000
0
0
850,000
1980
5,000
0
0
800,000
1979
5,000
0
0
800,000
1978
5,000
0
0
725,000
1975
3,384
0
0
500,000
1974
3,384
0
0
479,400
1973
3,369
0
0
470,000
1972
3,336
0
0
450,000
1971
3,300
0
0
452,500
1970
3,291
0
0
393,268
1969
3,280
0
0
375,000
1968
3,262
0
0
372,810
1966
3,247
0
0
271,500
1965
3,227
17,371
293,170
310,541
1964
3,196
15,758
262,513
278,271
1963
3,151
15,724
262,080
277,804
1962
3,131
5,383
99,621
105,004
1961
3,117
12,316
208,838
221,154
1960
3,091
12,260
208,270
220,530
1959
3,020
12,250
222,380
234,630
1958
3,000
12,230
221,975
234,205
1957
3,060
12,200
221,975
234,175
1956
3,000
12,000
220,000
232,000
1952
1,147
8,000
138,000
146,000
1949
2,337
6,677
50,008
56,685
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
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