I am doing a little research concerning the independent Baptist listings on the net. Some of the most prominent are:
The Welborn Directory
David Cloud's Directory of Independent Baptist Churches
Independent Baptist National Roll Call
Independent Baptist Church Locator
Independent Baptist Church Web Sites
Some problems with counting independent Baptists by these are (1) that there are many duplications on these lists; (2) that most of these lists are on the honor system [if you think you are an independent Baptist, you can put your church on the list]; and (3) that they are probably only a small sampling of all the totally unaffiliated Baptist churches in the USA [every list I have found is of conservative fundamentalist type independents; I wonder if there are liberal modernistic independent Baptists as well?]
On one of the Welborn list pages, there is a statement that there are over 3600
churches in the Welborn Directory. I do not have a count on any of the others. I have almost 1300 churches on my unaffiliated independent Landmark Baptist listing. Some of those churches are in the directories listed above, but probably less than 15%. None of the churches on my list are in the BBFI, FBF, WBF, etc. directories (not because there are no Landmarkers among them, but because I did not list churches from the Fellowship directories).
Mr. Mac Lynn of Brentwood, TN compiled a directory of the Churches of Christ in the United States
. I intend to contact him and ask how he located all their autonomous independent churches. Perhaps he can shed some light on how to count independent Baptists.
[ July 04, 2001: Message edited by: rlvaughn ]