Converge Worldwide (BGC)

Converge Worldwide (BGC)

11002 Lake Hart Dr.
Mail Code 200
Orlando, FL 32832
United States

Attesting Officer
James Elmore
President


28.4016658, -81.2097965


The Baptist General Conference, is now called Converge Worldwide, rooted in the pietistic movement of Sweden during the 19th century, traces its history to Aug. 13, 1852. On that day a small group of believers at Rock Island, Illinois, under the leadership of Gustaf Palmquist, organized the first Swedish Baptist Church in America. Swedish Baptist churches flourished in the upper Midwest and Northeast, and by 1879, when the first annual meeting was held in Village Creek, Iowa, 65 churches had been organized, stretching from Maine to the Dakotas and south to Kansas and Missouri.
By 1871, John Alexis Edgren, an immigrant sea captain and pastor in Chicago, had begun the first publication and a theological seminary. The Conference grew to 324 churches and nearly 26,000 members by 1902. There were 40,000 members in 1945 and in 2010 they have over 1100 churches.
Many churches began as Sunday schools. The seminary evolved into Bethel, a four-year liberal arts university with 2,300 students, and theological seminaries in Arden Hills, Minnesota. and San Diego, California. Missions and the planting of churches have been main objectives both in America and overseas. Today churches have been established in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as twenty-four countries overseas. In 1985 the churches of Canada founded an autonomous denomination, The Baptist General Conference of Canada.
Converge Worldwide is a member of the Baptist World Alliance, the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs and the National Association of Evangelicals. It is characterized by the balancing of a conservative doctrine with an irenic and cooperative spirit. Its basic objective is to seek the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1976
117,973
0
0
117,973
669
1975
115,340
0
0
115,340
653
1974
111,093
0
0
111,093
632
1973
109,033
0
0
109,033
625
1972
111,364
0
0
111,364
686
1971
108,474
0
0
108,474
681
1970
103,955
0
0
103,955
677
1969
0
0
0
101,226
690
1968
100,000
0
0
100,000
591
1966
91,206
0
0
91,206
573
1965
0
0
0
86,719
571
1964
0
0
0
86,793
601
1962
0
0
0
82,309
549
1961
0
0
0
75,613
545
1960
0
0
0
72,056
536
1959
0
0
0
68,930
516
1958
0
0
0
65,507
491
1957
0
0
0
61,724
465
1956
0
0
0
59,304
441
1955
0
0
0
54,000
425
1954
0
0
0
52,485
406
1953
0
0
0
49,981
362
1952
0
0
0
48,647
366
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1968
650
0
0
1,006
1966
508
0
0
508
1965
498
0
0
700
1964
560
0
0
700
1962
503
0
0
804
1961
500
0
0
550
1960
500
0
0
500
1959
486
0
0
724
1958
447
0
0
742
1957
430
0
0
555
1956
406
0
0
486
1955
405
0
0
521
1954
365
0
0
442
1953
315
0
0
442
1952
325
0
0
325
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1970
680
0
0
119,432
1969
702
0
0
120,364
1968
650
0
0
121,000
1966
573
0
0
118,868
1965
587
5,082
112,348
117,430
1964
601
5,082
114,447
119,529
1963
549
5,082
108,977
114,059
1962
530
5,082
101,839
106,921
1961
549
5,082
99,245
104,327
1960
540
5,082
93,108
98,190
1959
501
5,082
90,255
95,337
1958
501
5,082
84,873
89,955
1957
501
5,082
79,572
84,654
1956
480
5,082
72,171
77,253
1955
481
5,082
65,539
70,621
1954
432
5,082
60,099
65,181
1953
373
5,082
55,139
60,221
1952
394
0
0
57,169
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1968
$3,495,981
$19,160,235
$15,664,254
1957
$0
$8,104,097
$0