List of Southern Baptist and Other Organizations/Entities
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 24 December 2002
Note: current organizations, agencies, and entities are in bold; defunct entities/names are in regular font
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)--national Southern Baptist organization, formed in 1845; included 16,052,920 members (resident and nonresident) in 42,334 churches in 2001 along with 39 state conventions/fellowships and 1,204 local associations.
- Annuity Board--facilitates retirement/insurance support for SBC ministers, established in 1918; received 0.76% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Baptist Press (BP)--news service of the SBC.
- Christian Life Commission--name changed to Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in 1998.
- Cooperative Program (CP)--established in 1925, program of centralized cooperative funding for the SBC.
- Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)--established in 1913 as the Christian Life Commission (CLC) and charged with promoting Christian ethics; in 1991 incorporated the PAC and its charge to promote religious liberty; renamed ERLC in 1997; current director is Richard Land; received 1.49% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Executive Committee--managing board for operations, established in 1917; received 3.27% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Foreign Mission Board (FMB)--became International Mission Board in 1998.
- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS)--SBC seminary in Mill Valley, California, established in 1944; includes 4 satellite campuses; total 1,338 ministerial students in 1999-2000; received 2.01% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Home Mission Board (HMB)--became North American Mission Board in 1998.
- International Mission Board (IMB)--foreign missions agency, established in 1845 as the Foreign Mission Board; name changed to IMB in 1997; received 50.00% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- LifeWay Christian Resources--publishing branch of the SBC, founded as the Sunday School Board in 1891; name changed to LifeWay in 1997.
- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS)--SBC seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, established in 1957; 700 students in 2000; received 1.77% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS)--SBC seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, established in 1917; received 3.88% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- North American Mission Board (NAMB)-home missions agency, established in 1845 as the Home Mission Board (HMB); merged in 1997 with the Radio and Television Commission (RTC); received 22.79% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Peace Committee--committee elected by SBC in 1985; charged with investigating the controversy in the SBC; issued its final report at the 1987 convention.
- Public Affairs Committee (PAC)--SBC-designated members of the BJCPA board until 1991; in 1991 merged with the CLC.
- Radio and Television Commission (RTC)--merged into North American Mission Board in 1998.
- Seminary Extension--established in 1951.
- Sunday School Board--became LifeWay Christian Resources in 1998.
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS)--SBC seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, established in 1951; received 3.86% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS)--SBC seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, established in 1859; received 3.80% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS)--SBC seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, established in 1908; received 6.08% of CP budget in 2000-2001.
Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT)--Texas state Southern Baptist organization; established in 1885 as merger of two Texas Baptist organizations; includes 113 local associations, 4,784 churches, and 1,740,944 resident members in 1997.
agencies/affiliated entities (incomplete):
- Baptist Standard--newsletter of the BGCT (but financially independent).
- Baylor University--theological university founded in 1845 in Waco, Texas; affiliated with and supported through BGCT; acted to reduce BGCT control of trustees in 1991; allocated 6.36% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Buckner Baptist Benevolences--includes Buckner Children and Family Services (foster care, etc.), Buckner Adoption Services, and Buckner Retirement Services; allocated 1.87% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Christian Education Coordinating Board--oversees BGCT support of affiliated educational institutions, which include Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Houston Baptist University, Howard Payne University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Wayland Baptist University, San Marcos University, and Valley Baptist Missions Education Center.
- Christian Life Commission (CLC)--organized in 1950; charged with promoting Biblical Christian living among Texas Baptists; since 1990 has included directing staff of 4-5 and 15-18 appointed commission members; allocated 1.41% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Church Starting Center--oversees BGCT efforts/support toward new church starts in Texas; with new church support allocated 5.05% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Effectiveness/Efficiency Committee (E/E Committee)--committee of 29 Texas Baptists appointed by BGCT in 1995; charged with recommending ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness of BGCT cooperative efforts; presented report to BGCT in 1997; chairman was Darold Morgan.
- Executive Board--managing board of BGCT; includes elected officers and appointed officers.
- Hispanic Baptist Theological School--in San Antonio, Texas.
- Houston Baptist University--university in Houston, Texas; acted in 2000 to reduce BGCT control of trustees; allocated 1.45% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Human Welfare Coordinating Board (HWCB)--BGCT coordinating board whose responsibilities include oversight of Texas Baptist hospitals (Memorial Hermann Baptist/Beaumont, Baptist Health System/San Antonio, Baylor Health Care System, Hendrick Baptist Medical Center, Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, and Valley Baptist Medical Center/Harlingen), aging care ministries (Baptist Memorials Ministries, Baptist Community Services/Amarillo, and Buckner Retirement Services), childcare ministry homes (Buckner Children and Family Services, Baptist Child and Family Services, South Texas Children's Home, and Texas Baptist Children's Home), and other ministries (Breckenridge Village, Buckner Adoption Services, and Chaplaincy Support).
- Intentional Interim Ministry--initiated in 1995; program of Office of Minister/Church Relations designed to assist churches which have experienced conflict and/or loss of a pastor.
- Logsdon School of Theology--at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.
- Office of Executive Director--includes several subsidiary offices; current Executive Director is Charles Wade; office allocated 6.99% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Office of Minister/Church Relations--office established in 1994; seeks to enhance relationships and resolve conflicts within churches; Coordinator since 1995 is Dick Maples.
- Texas Partnership Missions--established in 1982 to coordinate international missions efforts by non-career volunteers from Texas; allocated 1.50% of state CP budget in 2003.
- River Ministry--coordinates missions projects in Mexico along the Rio Grande; allocated 1.21% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Texas Baptist Men--conducts mission work projects; allocated 1.82% of state CP budget in 2003.
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC)--established as cooperative program in 1997; organization of leaders and churches seeking alternative to Texas BGCT; described as "conservative" or "fundamentalist".
- Baptists with a Mission (BWAM)--group formed in 1991 to oppose actions by Baylor University; merged with Southern Baptists of Texas in 1996.
- Criswell College--Bible college in Dallas, Texas; originally independent but associated with FBC Dallas; in 2001 affiliated with the SBTC; allocated 2.45% of state CP budget in 2003.
- Plumbline--name of SBT newsletter from 1996 to 1999; was renamed from Texas Baptist when BWAM merged with SBT; renamed Southern Baptist Texan in 1999.
- Southern Baptist Texan--name of SBTC newsletter since 1998; published as a dual newsletter/newsmagazine since 2002.
- Southern Baptists of Texas (SBT)--name of SBTC prior to incorporation as a convention.
- Texas Baptist--name of BWAM newsletter; became Plumbline in 1996 when BWAM merged with SBT.
Principal other Southern Baptist-related organizations:
- Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs (BJC or BJCPA)--committee jointly organized by nine Baptist conventions in 1930s to promote religious liberty; SBC support ended in 1991; executive director since 1981 is James Dunn.
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)--formally established in 1991; sprang from Baptists Committed which formed in 1989; national level cooperative organization of mostly Southern Baptists; currently describes itself as alternative to SBC Cooperative Program but not to SBC; described as "moderate" or "mainstream".
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas--state-level fellowship affiliated with CBF; founded around 1997.
- Texas Baptists Committed (TBC)--state-level organization in Texas of CBF supporters; founded by 1993.
- Truett Theological Seminary--at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and supported by the BGCT.
- Women's Missionary Union (WMU)--established in 1888; supports missions and promotes missions education.
Other Baptist organizations:
- Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPF or BPFNA)--formed in 1984; cooperative network of North American Baptists concerned with peace and justice issues.
- Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM)--founded as Southern Baptist Women in Ministry in 1983; named changed in 1995; had 400 members in 1995.
- Baptist World Alliance (BWA)--network of Baptist conventions and unions around the world, founded in 1905; currently includes 188 conventions and unions, including the SBC.
- Missouri Baptist Layman's Association (MBLA)--group of (originally) 6 Baptist layman in Missouri, organized in 1991; goal is to encourage Missouri state convention to return to traditional doctrine and policies.
- Texas Baptist Layman's Association--Texas-based spin-off of Missouri Baptist Layman's Association.
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU)--inter-denominational organization formed in 1947; charged with promoting separation of church and state in the U.S.
- Center for Christian Ethics (CCE)--interdenominational group.
- China Christian Council (CCC)--council of Chinese Christian which coordinates evangelism in the People's Republic of China; sanctioned by the Chinese government.
- The Interfaith Alliance (TIA)--interdenominational group.
- People for the American Way (PAW)--secular organization concerned with civil rights.
SOURCES: Albert W. Wardin, ed., Baptists Around the World: A Comprehensive Handbook, 1995, Broadman and Holman (Nashville, TN); James C. Hefley, The Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1991, Hannibal Books (Hannibal, MO); To the Cross: SBC Book of Reports 1997, 1997, SBC (Nashville, TN); Until He Comes...Go!: SBC Book of Reports 2000, 2000, SBC (Nashville, TN); Skeet Workman; Roger Moran, personal communication; Rob Boston, "Watchdog on the Wall: The Americans United Story", Church and State, Nov. 1997; "Ordained Southern Baptist Women," Fundamental Baptist Information Service, on line, Dec. 8, 1997; Martin, Dan, "Texas Baptized 67,574 in '97," Baptist Standard, May 6, 1998, pp. 1-2; Baptist Standard, Aug. 9, 1995; BGCT 2003 budget; SBC Book of Reports 2002.
Note: This is an update of material compiled as part of the work of a study committee at First Baptist Church, Brownsville, Texas. The original compilation was an appendix to the committee's report, which itself is copyrighted © 1998 by First Baptist Church, Brownsville, Texas.
Last modified 24 December 2002.
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