The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
For almost 175 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: . . . for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to be a network of more than fifty thousand cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to make an impact for God’s Kingdom.
Southern Baptists are as varied and diverse as the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural communities where they live. Each Southern Baptist church is autonomous and unique; only when viewed together can one grasp the diversity that is the Southern Baptist Convention.
But to know Southern Baptists means to understand that the center of who and what we are is the Person and Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Southern Baptists are people who have been redeemed through Christ from sin—the spiritual brokenness that causes us to resist God’s ways and fall short of His glory.
Southern Baptists hold high the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the unifying center around which everything else is built and from which all ministry flows. We use the phrase regenerate church membership to emphasize that the starting point for everything related to a Southern Baptist church is each individual’s personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.
Southern Baptists believe that each human being is a sinner by birth and by choice, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We believe that Jesus, “in His substitutionary death on the cross,” made “provision for the redemption of men from sin” and “effected the reconciliation between God and man.” And we believe that “There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.”
The answer to why we do what we do is simple—Southern Baptists proclaim and minister the Gospel because the love of Christ compels us to do so (2 Corinthians 5:14).
God loved us enough to send His one and only Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Whoever believes in Him has eternal life (John 3:16). In response to the love He has lavished on us, we are called to love one another (John 13:34–35; 15:12–17).
Jesus summarized this truth in what is called the Great Commandment—Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37–39).
Southern Baptists know the Way to have our sins forgiven and to have a right relationship with God; the Way to be redeemed from our sin and delivered from its consequences; the Way to have eternal life—not just forever in heaven, but the fullest life possible—the life of knowing Him (John 17:3) and knowing Him (Philippians 3:10). That Way is Jesus (John 14:6). Love compels us to share the Good News of His love and extend the offer of His forgiveness with as many as possible.
Visit the Southern Baptist Convention www.sbc.ne
The International Mission Board (IMB)
VISION: Our vision is a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.
MISSION: IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are evangelizing, discipling, planting, and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.
- We commit to obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to God’s inerrant Word.
- We commit to living a life of personal holiness in imitation of Jesus Christ and bringing glory to God the Father in everything we do, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for salvation and all people without personal faith in Him are lost and will spend eternity in hell.
- We seek to provide all people an opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the Gospel in their own cultural context.
- We evangelize through proclamation, discipling, equipping and ministry that results in indigenous reproducing Baptist churches.
- We serve churches to facilitate their involvement in the Great Commission and the sending of missionaries to bring all peoples to faith in Jesus Christ.
- We partner with Baptists and other Christians around the world in accordance with IMB guidelines.
- We understand and fulfill God’s mission through God’s Word, prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Visit the International Mission Board www.imb.org
The North American Mission Board (NAMB)
Our strategy is simple and straightforward. We believe that the Church is God’s plan—you are God’s plan—to reach North America and the nations with the hope of the gospel.
As a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board is here to help local churches send the hope of the gospel across North America in two primary ways: compassion ministry and church planting.
What We Do
North America’s needs are great. Children go hungry. Neighborhoods become disaster zones after storms. Entire communities have no church presence and no one to tell them about the hope found in Christ.
It doesn’t have to be this way; God has a plan to reach North America: the Church. The Church feeds neighbors in need. The Church removes storm debris. The Church establishes new churches in areas with no gospel presence. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is here to help.
We help equip churches to be on mission in their own communities and across the continent. Through compassion ministry, church planting, chaplaincy and disaster relief, we help congregations go to the lost and hurting.
Visit the North American Mission Board www.namb.net
The Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC)
Our Vision: The Colorado Baptist General Convention is saturating Colorado with the Gospel– penetrating all pockets of lostness.
Our Mission: Colorado Baptists are a network of churches cooperating to saturate our state and world with the Gospel.
Colorado Southern Baptists see a day when:
- All people worship the Most High God.
- All pockets of lostness are penetrated and Colorado is saturated with the Gospel.
- All people passing through Colorado have opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.
- All churches experience increased baptisms, membership and leadership development.
- All churches multiply exponentially.
- All churches engage in missions each year.
Visit the Colorado Baptist General Convention www.coloradobaptists.org
The Continental Divide Association of Baptist Churches
The Continental Divide Association of Baptist Churches is a group of over twenty Southern Baptist churches working together to share the love of Jesus Christ.
The Continental Divide Baptist Association is a network of congregations working together in pursuit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The purpose of the Continental Divide Association is to nurture friendships between pastors and churches and experience the community of like-minded leaders working in diverse cultural environments within a geographical range. We work together to further the Kingdom of God.