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
1978
13,191,394
0
0
13,191,394
35,357
1977
13,078,239
0
0
13,078,239
35,212
1976
12,917,992
0
0
12,917,992
35,031
1975
12,733,124
0
0
12,733,124
34,880
1974
12,513,378
0
0
12,513,378
34,710
1973
12,295,400
0
0
12,295,400
34,643
1972
12,065,333
0
0
12,065,333
34,512
1971
11,824,676
0
0
11,824,676
34,420
1970
11,628,032
0
0
11,628,032
34,340
1969
11,487,708
0
0
11,487,708
34,313
1968
11,330,481
0
0
11,330,481
34,275
1967
11,140,486
0
0
11,140,486
34,123
1966
10,947,389
0
0
10,947,389
33,926
1965
0
0
0
10,770,573
33,774
1964
0
0
0
10,598,429
33,362
1963
0
0
0
10,393,039
33,101
1962
0
0
0
10,191,303
32,878
1961
0
0
0
9,978,488
32,598
1960
0
0
0
9,731,591
32,251
1959
0
0
0
9,485,276
31,906
1958
0
0
0
9,202,205
31,477
1957
0
0
0
8,956,756
31,257
1956
0
0
0
8,700,481
30,797
1955
0
0
0
8,467,439
30,340
1954
0
0
0
8,163,562
29,863
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1978
33,500
0
0
56,000
1977
31,400
0
0
55,500
1976
31,300
0
0
55,100
1975
31,200
0
0
55,000
1974
30,500
0
0
54,150
1973
30,500
0
0
54,150
1972
30,500
0
0
54,150
1971
31,000
0
0
31,000
1970
31,000
0
0
31,000
1969
29,500
0
0
29,500
1968
28,300
0
0
28,300
1967
28,400
0
0
28,400
1966
30,278
0
0
30,278
1965
30,522
0
0
35,000
1964
30,392
0
0
35,000
1963
30,133
0
0
35,000
1962
29,967
0
0
34,939
1961
30,000
0
0
36,260
1960
29,200
0
0
34,147
1959
29,500
0
0
34,130
1958
25,600
0
0
29,959
1957
25,500
0
0
29,490
1956
24,896
0
0
28,373
1955
24,130
0
0
27,600
1954
22,345
0
0
25,881
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1978
34,450
0
0
7,331,954
1977
34,320
0
0
7,424,965
1976
34,161
0
0
7,453,729
1975
33,979
0
0
7,279,007
1974
33,738
0
0
7,188,054
1973
33,519
0
0
7,180,147
1972
33,549
0
0
7,175,186
1971
33,435
0
0
7,138,741
1970
33,297
0
0
7,287,937
1969
33,339
0
0
7,415,519
1968
33,359
0
0
7,542,941
1967
33,256
0
0
7,576,100
1966
33,062
0
0
7,601,095
1965
32,921
817,465
6,839,422
7,656,887
1964
32,937
820,139
6,847,794
7,667,933
1963
32,712
815,423
6,791,122
7,606,545
1962
32,481
806,876
6,761,446
7,568,322
1961
32,189
796,721
6,710,125
7,506,846
1960
31,762
784,742
6,597,808
7,382,550
1959
31,412
774,498
6,502,004
7,276,502
1958
30,631
751,880
6,336,318
7,088,198
1957
30,387
717,743
6,242,508
6,960,251
1956
29,905
702,591
6,110,323
6,812,914
1955
29,461
684,653
5,947,765
6,632,418
1954
29,243
665,000
5,683,681
6,348,681
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1978
$316,000,000
$1,980,000,000
$1,670,000,000
1977
$289,000,000
$1,800,000,000
$1,510,000,000
1976
$262,000,000
$1,640,000,000
$1,380,000,000
1975
$237,000,000
$1,480,000,000
$1,240,000,000
1974
$219,000,000
$1,340,000,000
$1,120,000,000
1973
$194,000,000
$1,200,000,000
$1,010,000,000
1972
$175,000,000
$1,070,000,000
$896,000,000
1971
$161,000,000
$975,000,000
$814,000,000
1970
$138,000,000
$892,000,000
$754,000,000
1969
$133,000,000
$842,000,000
$709,000,000
1968
$128,000,000
$795,000,000
$667,000,000
1964
$0
$592,000,000
$0
1963
$0
$556,000,000
$0
1962
$0
$541,000,000
$0
1961
$0
$501,000,000
$0
1960
$0
$481,000,000
$0
1959
$0
$453,000,000
$0
1958
$0
$420,000,000
$0
1957
$0
$398,000,000
$0
1956
$58,360,247
$335,000,000
$276,000,000
1955
$52,926,157
$306,000,000
$253,000,000
1954
$48,427,760
$279,000,000
$230,000,000
1953
$45,822,830
$248,000,000
$202,000,000
1952
$37,268,172
$223,000,000
$186,000,000
1951
$33,402,224
$197,000,000
$164,000,000