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How useful and reliable is the Baptist church directory?

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The Baptist Church directory provided by American Baptist Churches USA is a complete and reliable database containing information on all recognized Baptist churches throughout the United States. The directory is accessible by selecting the "Find A Church" header at the top of the organization's home page.

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Site visitors can search by church name or type in a ZIP code to display all churches located within 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles. The ensuing screen provides worshippers the address and telephone number of matching churches, along with a direct link to the website of the church if available.

The data within the directory is supplied through American Baptist Churches Information Systems, which relies on reports from information gathered from regional offices to ensure accuracy. Churchgoers who discover errors in their church's information or find that their place of worship is not listed are encouraged to contact their pastor or church administrator, who may then report the issue to the regional office.

As of 2015, the worldwide Baptist community numbers more than 100 million, including 43 million baptized members across approximately 160,000 churches. The largest growth is seen in the less-developed countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to the organization.

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