The Southern Baptist Convention, founded in 1845, is a network of over 50,000 like-minded churches that work together to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. 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 SBC is made up of various and diverse autonomous churches bound together by the Great Commission and united by similar doctrine. The Convention assigns and conducts its work through eleven ministry entities–two mission boards, six seminaries, an ethics and religious liberty commission, a publishing and retail ministry, and a financial resources services ministry.
The Florida Baptist Convention is the agency providing mission, ministry and support services to cooperating Baptist churches and associations in Florida. It exists to inspire and to equip, through word and deed, Florida Baptist churches and associations to accomplish the Great Commission. The Vision of the Florida Baptist Convention is to accomplish its mission by facilitating the discovery of needs and potential, provide customized resources, encourage the exchange of ideas for growth and effectiveness in mission and ministry tasks that are culturally relevant and linguistically sensitive which will result in evangelism/believer development, church starting, leadership development, strengthened existing churches and strengthened financial resources through multi-cultural development and inter-divisional cooperation. Visionary leader Dr. Tommy Green, executive director of the convention, is leading a reorganization of the FBC to better help churches fulfill the Great Commission.
The Emerald Coast Fellowship of Baptist Churches is a collaboration of local Baptist churches serving together to fulfill the Great Commission. It is a joint effort of churches on the Emerald Coast, as the name implies, mainly consisting of churches in southern Okaloosa and Walton Counties. It exists to to lead these churches to engage in missional and relational transformation to the likeness of Christ so that they think and act like Him. Led by Dr. Roy Saint, over 24 churches work together for the mission of Christ on the Emerald Coast.
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.
Led by Dr. Kevin Ezell, NAMB accomplishes their goal through Send North America, a national strategy for mobilizing churches to plant churches and mobilizing church planters and other missionaries to assist with those efforts.
The International Mission Board partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God. The IMB has the mission of evangelizing, discipling and planting reproducing churches among all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
More than 4,800 people groups – close to 1 billion people – still live with little or no access to the gospel. As a joint effort of Southern Baptist churches, the IMB hopes to change that.
IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.