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A Closer Look at the Southern Baptist Convention and the BCM/D

Your BCM/D is one of 42 state conventions and fellowships that work with the national Southern Baptist Convention, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Ga., the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to 16.3 million members who worship in more than 43,024 U.S. churches.

Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,200 national missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam, and the Caribbean,as well as sponsoring more than 5,375 internationalmissionaries who work among 1,225 people groups all over the world.

The SBC manages its worldwide efforts through 12 boards and agencies that are organized for various ministry endeavors. Support for its work comes from contributions through the Cooperative Program (CP Missions), the plan of giving that enables individual churches to share in these extensive national and international ministries.

Southern Baptists firmly hold to the principle of church autonomy and self-rule.

Accordingly, the SBC does not ordain ministers, assign staff to churches, levy contributions to denominational causes, dictate literature and calendar or assign persons to churches according to place of residence. These are local church matters.

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 of these groups of Southern Baptists share a common core of basic biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.