Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with North Center's purposes, I now
What is the Southern Baptist Convention?
* It is the largest association of Christian churches in America
One out of every 10 churches in America is affiliated with the SBC (40,000 churches and 15 million members - more than most other denominations combined).
* It is the most diverse association of churches
SBC churches include every race, nationality, and ethnic group. Each Sunday, services are held in over 80 languages in the U.S. One out of every three blacks in the U.S. is a Southern Baptist. The Twin Cities Metro Baptist Association includes Hispanic, Laotian, Hmong, African-American, Russian, Ukranian, Polish, and ethnic Southern Baptist churches.
* It is one of the fastest growing groups
The SBC baptized over 1,000 new Christians a day in the U.S. and begins nearly 5 new churches a day!
Why Not Just Be an Independent Church?
We are an independent church! Every SBC church is completely independent. There is no denominational control or hierarchy, as there are in most other denominations. Each church is self-governed and determines its own affairs.
* Every SBC church chooses its own pastor
* Every SBC church owns its own buildings and assets
* Every SBC church determines its own program
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AFFILIATING WITH THE SBC?
1. It allows us to identify with other Christians around the world who are known for their commitment to the Bible. Unlike other groups, the SBC has no man-made "creed". The Bible is our only authority.
2. It allows our church to participate in the largest missionary organization in the world. Through the SBC "Cooperative Program" we help support over 7,500 missionaries in 104 countries around the world.