About Us - Meet Southern Baptists
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), organized in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, has grown into a national network of more than forty-five thousand churches and church-type missions with nearly sixteen million members who worship in more than two dozen languages each week across the United States and its territories. Southern Baptists provide direct support for almost ten thousand individuals who serve across the nation and around the world in direct ministry as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, ministering to at least 377 people groups in 153 countries, many of whom have little access to the Gospel in their native language. Southern Baptists also provide ministerial training and education for more than sixteen thousand full-time and part-time students through their six theological seminaries.
The term "Southern Baptist Convention" refers both to the eleven ministry entities supported by Southern Baptists and to the annual meeting when messengers to the Convention assemble in a host city to transact the business of the Convention. Working in cooperation with 1,174 local associations and 42 state conventions, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a cooperative commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.
One becomes a Southern Baptist by uniting with a Southern Baptist church — one in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist enterprise of reaching the world for Christ. Typically church membership is a matter of receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord and experiencing believer's baptism by immersion.
The fact that Jesus died for our sin, was buried, and then rose
from the grave is foundational for Southern Baptists. He lives today
and stands ready to give abundant and eternal life to all those
who repent of sin and place their faith in Him. Southern Baptists
invite everyone to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Learn
more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
Included in this area are:
A Closer Look -
links to information about why we are a denomination, why the SBC
organized as a convention, the roles of local churches, individuals,
ministers, state conventions, and local associations within the
Southern Baptist Convention. You can also learn about service and
mission opportunities, educational opportunities, and insurance
and annuity coverage.
Beliefs - this area provides a quick guide to the core beliefs
held by most Southern Baptists.
Statements - When issues arise that affect Christians and Southern
Baptist in particular, it can be difficult to sort out the truth
from the fiction. The information in this area will help you understand
the specific issues we are dealing with everyday.
- This area provides a historical look at resolutions passed at
Southern Baptist Annual Meetings throughout our history.
Authorities - Here you can read the Charter, By-Laws, and Business
and Financial Plan of the Southern Baptist Convention and view a
list of the legal names under which the SBC and its entities are
Biblical Heritage - learn more about the Biblical underpinnings
of the founders of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read about the
convictions of our founders and their unwavering stand on the value
Baptist Voices - Read and hear messages from past and present
leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention including R.G. Lee's
famous PayDay Someday message.
Contact Us -
If you cannot find what you are looking for, this directory should
help you get your inquiry to the correct person or department.