Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Convention

901 Commerce St.
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Attesting Officer
Dr. Roger S. Oldham
VP, Convention Communications, and Relations SBC Executive Committee


Media Contact
Vice Pres. for Convention Communications, and Relations, Roger S. Oldham

36.1594575, -86.7836945


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1953
0
0
0
7,883,708
29,481
1952
0
0
0
7,634,493
28,865
1951
0
0
0
7,373,498
28,289
1950
6,500,000
0
579,889
7,079,889
27,788
1947
0
0
0
6,270,819
26,764
1945
0
0
0
6,079,305
0
1944
5,384,530
0
283,396
5,667,926
25,965
1942
5,098,772
0
268,357
5,367,129
25,737
1940
4,662,122
0
287,052
4,949,174
25,018
1938
4,315,270
0
280,332
4,595,602
24,844
1936
4,121,663
0
267,754
4,389,417
24,537
1933
4,178,928
0
259,610
4,438,538
24,270
1929
3,770,645
0
0
3,770,645
24,010
1925
3,611,608
0
0
3,611,608
27,506
1923
3,494,189
0
0
3,494,189
27,093
1922
3,374,165
0
0
3,374,165
27,574
1921
3,199,005
0
0
3,199,005
27,444
1919
2,887,428
0
0
2,887,428
24,851
1917
2,708,870
0
0
2,708,870
23,627
1916
2,711,591
0
0
2,711,591
23,692
1915
2,705,121
0
0
2,705,121
24,338
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1953
23,992
0
0
27,747
1952
21,718
0
0
25,300
1951
20,058
0
0
23,400
1950
17,029
0
5,264
22,293
1947
0
0
0
21,917
1944
0
0
0
21,917
1942
0
0
0
21,917
1940
0
0
0
21,917
1938
0
0
0
21,917
1936
0
0
0
21,917
1933
0
0
0
23,431
1929
0
0
0
23,431
1925
0
0
0
19,506
1923
0
0
0
19,580
1922
0
0
0
16,980
1921
0
0
0
15,551
1919
0
0
0
12,000
1917
0
0
0
15,946
1916
0
0
0
15,946
1915
0
0
0
15,519
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1953
28,765
550,000
5,207,352
5,757,352
1952
28,040
550,000
4,941,056
5,491,056
1951
27,340
550,000
4,703,695
5,253,695
1950
26,678
500,000
4,524,553
5,024,553
1926
19,882
0
0
2,345,630
1923
20,601
0
2,381,717
2,381,717
1922
21,184
0
2,224,834
2,224,834
1921
20,420
0
1,966,610
1,966,610
1919
17,648
0
1,759,208
1,759,208
1917
18,162
160,171
1,665,996
1,826,167
1916
18,438
159,733
1,656,324
1,816,057
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1950
$0
$197,000,000
$0
1947
$28,472,014
$132,000,000
$104,000,000
1945
$22,490,751
$98,458,425
$75,967,674
1943
$13,455,640
$63,067,083
$49,611,443
1941
$7,822,340
$44,857,607
$37,035,267
1939
$6,267,263
$37,136,531
$30,869,268
1938
$5,702,150
$32,265,687
$26,563,537
1935
$4,624,515
$26,888,567
$22,264,052
1928
$0
$39,927,910
$32,525,122
1925
$9,863,153
$37,359,614
$27,496,460
1923
$0
$34,439,436
$0
1922
$0
$33,432,745
$0
1921
$0
$34,881,032
$0
1919
$0
$17,852,929
$0
1917
$0
$15,063,743
$0