Though a church may be a Southern Baptist church without affiliating
with a state convention or local association of Southern Baptist
churches, it is customary to participate in all three.
Each has its particular ministries, fellowship, and mission outreach,
and there is a great deal of cooperation among them. The state and
national bodies have traditionally relied upon local associations
to determine the baptistic character of churches.
There are currently 42 state conventions and fellowships listed.
There are more than 1,200 local associations. A list is readily
available at both the national and
state offices and on this website.