The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware partners with a number of other Southern Baptist organizations to provide our churches and members with greater resources, accessibility, training and support, including the following:
Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world.
The term “Southern Baptist Convention” refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Working through 1,200 local associations and 42 state conventions and fellowships, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic biblical beliefs (The Baptist Faith and Message) and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.
The Southern Baptist Convention conducts its work throughout the year through eleven ministry entities, the SBC Executive Committee (which serves as “the fiduciary, the fiscal, and executive entity of the Convention”), and an auxiliary called Woman’s Missionary Union.
Learn more about the SBC at www.sbc.net.
The Executive Committee exists to minister to the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by acting for the Convention ad interim in all matters not otherwise provided for in a manner that encourages the cooperation and confidence of the churches, associations, and state conventions and facilitates maximum support for worldwide missions and ministries.
Learn more about the SBC Executive Committee at http://www.sbcec.net/.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission exists to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world.
Learn more about the ERLC at http://www.erlc.com/.
GuideStone Financial Resources exists to assist the churches, denominational entities, and other evangelical ministry organizations by making available retirement plan services, life and health coverage, risk management programs, and personal and institutional investment programs.
Learn more about GuideStone Financial Resources at https://www.guidestone.org/.
The International Mission Board exists to assist the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention to be on mission with God in penetrating the unevangelized world outside the United States and Canada with the gospel and making Christ known among all people.
Learn more about IMB at http://www.imb.org/.
LifeWay Christian Resources exists to assist churches and believers to evangelize the world to Christ, develop believers, and grow churches by being the best provider of relevant, high quality, high value Christian products and services.
Learn more about LifeWay at https://www.lifeway.com/.
The North American Mission Board exists to work with churches, associations and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting.
Learn more about NAMB at https://www.namb.net.
Six Southern Baptist Theological Seminaries exist to prepare God-called men and women for vocational service in Baptist churches and in other Christian ministries throughout the world through programs of spiritual development, theological studies, and practical preparation in ministry.
Learn more about the six seminaries at sbc.net/resources/directories/theological-seminaries/.
Woman’s Missionary Union assists churches in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy of missions in order that a church can fulfill its total mission in the world. Woman’s Missionary Union challenges Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God.
Learn more about WMU at https://www.wmu.com.