There are hundreds of different types of Baptist churches, but the two largest Baptist groups in the United States are the American Baptist Churches and the more conservative Southern Baptist Churches. There are about a dozen other major U.S. Baptist groups. Doctrine varies greatly among the groups.Continue Reading
Other major Baptist groups are the Primitive Baptists, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Reformed Baptist Church, New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches, North American Baptist Conference, National Association of Free Will Baptists, National Baptist Convention of America, National Primitive Baptist Convention, Baptist General Conference, General Association of General Baptist Churches and the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
At the beginning of the 21st century there were about 43 million Baptists worldwide, 33 million of them U.S. residents.
Baptists preach the authority of the Bible, local congregational autonomy, the priesthood of the believer and individual soul liberty. Aspirants to the faith first profess Jesus as Lord and Savior and are then baptized to symbolize cleansing and remission of sins.
An Englishman, John Smyth, began the Baptist movement in Holland in 1609, preaching the need for adults, not infants, to be baptized by immersion in water. Modern branches of the sect are influenced by Calvinism, others by universal salvation, and still others seek a return to primitive New Testament faith. Beliefs about baptism have diversified greatly in four centuries.Learn more about Christianity
A directory for Independent Baptist churches is available at BaptistInfo.org. The website has a database with almost 9300 churches in the United States and around the world. Site visitors can make a donation to download the complete list.Full Answer >
Resources for free copies of a Baptist church covenant include individual Baptist churches and church websites. Most churches freely distribute printed copies of the church's covenant upon request or include loose copies in hymn books. Many churches also maintain websites that display printable versions of their covenants.Full Answer >
Common sermon topics in black Baptist churches include the love of God, grace, Christ's resurrection, hope and joy, and spiritual growth. Baptists ministers follow guidelines laid out in the Bible to create sermons.Full Answer >
Youth participants at a Baptist Youth Conference have the option to participate in athletic and social activities such as paintball, bowling, scavenger hunts and outdoor games, as well as prayer groups, Bible study and special events that feature keynote speakers. Conferences may also include competitive games and musical performances.Full Answer >