A B C A autonomous B C A autonomous B baptism mode C A autonomous B baptism mode C congregational A autonomous B baptism mode C congregational “Pertaining or adhering to a form of church government in which each local church acts as an independent, self-governing body, while maintaining fellowship with like congregations.” What are the Predominate Faith Groups in U.S. Counties? 1. Baptist – 1,249 2. Catholic – 1,117 3. Lutheran – 263 4. United Methodist – 248 5. Latter-day Saints – 107 Source: 2010 U.S. Religion Census, Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies Baptist Statistics √ Almost 1 American in 5 claims to be Baptist Some of the 50+ Baptist Bodies American Baptist Association ▲ American Baptist Churches in the USA ▲ Baptist Bible Fellowship International Baptist General Conference ▲ Baptist Missionary Association of America Conservative Baptist Association of America Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Duck River & Kindred Baptists Associations Enterprise Baptists Associations Free Will Baptists Fundamental Baptist Associations Fellowships General Association of General Baptists ▲ General Association of Regular Baptists General Six Principle Baptists Independent Baptist Churches Independent Free Will Baptist Associations Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Assn. Jasper Baptist & Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Landmark Missionary Baptists National Association of Free Will Baptists ▲ National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. ▲ National Missionary Baptist Convention of America ▲ National Primitive Baptist Convention USA New Hope Baptist Association New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches North American Baptist Conference “Old” Missionary Baptists Associations Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina ▲ Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Primitive Baptist Churches Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. ▲ Progressive Primitive Baptists Reformed Baptist Churches Separate Baptists in Christ Seventh Day Baptist General Conference Southern Baptist Convention ▲ Southwest Baptist Fellowship Strict Baptists Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Wayne Trail Missionary Baptist Association There are as many kinds of Baptists as there are varieties of Heinz! Here are some of the largest of these denominations… Baptist Statistics √ The largest of the Baptist denominations: ►Southern Baptist Convention (80%): (“Great Commission Baptists”) 19,896,975 / 50,816 churches Baptist Statistics ►Southern Baptist Convention (80%): (“Great Commission Baptists”) 19,896,975 / 50,816 churches ►National Baptist Convention USA: 1,881,341 / 3,536 churches ►American Baptist Churches USA: 1,560,572 / 5243 churches Baptist Statistics, continued ►National Baptist Convention of America: 304,414 / 3,536 churches ►National Missionary Baptist Convention: 261,873 / 1,283 churches ►Baptist General Conference: 260,100 / 1,092 ch. ►Free Will Baptists: 217,560 / 2,285 churches ►Progressive National Baptist Convention: 203,732 / 390 churches Baptist Statistics, continued ►American Baptist Association: 203,374 / 1,368 ch. * 2010 U.S. Religion Census +22 Baptist bodies reported in this study +24,895,197 adherents +71,827 churches Example of Denominational Structure… Association State Convention Local Baptist Church Southern Baptist Convention Southern Baptist Convention Guidestone Financial Services (Annuity) SBC Executive Committee 6 Seminaries Woman’s Missionary Union (Aux) ERLC LifeWay Christian Resources North American Mission Board International Mission Board Useful Terms Pastor (Reverend, Doctor, Brother, Pastor) Associate Pastor for _____________ Minister of Education Minister of Discipleship Youth and/or Children’s Minister Deacon Elder ___________ Committee Resources for Use in Baptist Scouting Ministries 1. Religious Emblems Program Resources for Use in Baptist Scouting Ministries 1. Religious Emblems Program 2. Testimonies of Pastors and Denominational Leaders Thank you! Any Questions?