The goals of the Southern Baptist Convention include proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world, advancing its ministry in individual neighborhoods and reporting the number of baptisms the churches are responsible for. The Southern Baptist Convention has been in existence for 170 years, and it formed for the purpose of uniting the Baptists to propagate the gospel.
The Southern Baptist Convention also considers diversity among its goals. It aims to have every size of church, every age and race represented, all types of worship styles, all types of church buildings, and any theological perspective within Biblical orthodoxy.
The Southern Baptist Convention believes in the Bible as the word of God and message of Jesus Christ. At the same time, it does not believe in holding individual churches to a creed. The organization claims churches within the Convention are confessional instead. They believe it is every church's and believer's duty to "make disciples of all nations."
Among the Convention's other goals is the reporting of every baptism by its churches. The total numbers are included in the Annual Church Profile. Another goal is to start new churches in areas with growing populations, both in the United States and around the world. The organization is committed to ministry expressions such as the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and The Southern Baptist World Hunger Relief Fund.