Baptist groups in the USA

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  1. bb_baptist

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    There are now more than 50 Baptist groups in the United States alone.

    Bro. Griffin posted a comprehensive list on the old BB. I saved it somewhere on my hard drive but can't find it.

    Bro. Griffin would you repost the list of groups if you still have it?
     
  2. rlvaughn

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    THANKS, webmaster, for this forum. Obviously, I am not Dr. Bob (whew! [​IMG] ), but I was involved in that discussion and have been involved in studying sub-groups of Baptists for over 20 years. I am going to divide the groups I know based on the categories found in Baptists Around the World and Baptist Atlas, both works by Dr. Albert W. Wardin, Jr. Total on my list = 61.

    REGULAR BAPTISTS (NORTHERN-ORIENTED)

    1. American Baptist Churches in the USA
    2. Baptist General Conference
    3. Conservative Baptist Association of America
    4. North American Baptist Conference
    5. Seventh Day Baptist General Conference
    6. Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America
    7. General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
    8. Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
    9. New England Evangelical Baptist Fellowship

    10. New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches
    STATE OR REGIONAL GROUPS RELATED TO THE NTA
    11. Minnesota Baptist Association
    12. Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches
    13. Association of Independent Baptist Churches of Illinois
    14. Dakota Baptist Association
    15. Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship
    16. Mountain States Baptist Fellowship
    17. Association of Fundamental Baptist Churches of Northern California
    18. Independent Fundamental Baptist Association (MI)

    REGULAR BAPTISTS (SOUTHERN-ORIENTED)

    19. Southern Baptist Convention
    LANDMARK BAPTISTS
    20. American Baptist Association
    21. Baptist Missionary Association of America
    22. Interstate and Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association of America
    23. Old Time Missionary Baptists (various local associations especially in TN & KY)

    24. World Baptist Fellowship
    25. Baptist Bible Fellowship International
    26. Independent Baptist Fellowship International
    27. Southwide Baptist Fellowship
    28. Northwest Baptist Fellowship (separated recently from BBFI)
    29. Missouri Valley Concord of Independent Baptist Churches (also from BBFI)
    30. Liberty Baptist Fellowship

    NATIONAL BAPTISTS

    31. National Baptist Convention of America
    32. National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
    33. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
    34. National Primitive Baptist Convention, Inc.
    35. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

    PRIMITIVISTS (SOUTHERN-ORIENTED)

    36. Central Baptist Association
    37. General Association of Baptists (often called Duck River and Kindred Associations)
    38. Old Regular Baptists
    39. Regular Baptists
    40. Union Baptists
    41. United Baptists
    42. Old Line Primitive Baptists
    43. Absolute Predestinarian Primitive Baptists
    44. Progressive Primitive Baptists
    45. Primitive Baptist Univeralists (4 associations of PB's that believe in Universal {not general} atonement)
    46. Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists (3 churches left)
    47. Jasper and Pleasant Valley Associations (GA)

    FREE WILL/GENERAL BAPTISTS

    48. National Association of Free Will Baptists
    49. Original Free Will Baptist Convention (NC)
    50. United American Free Will Baptist Church
    51. General Association of General Baptists
    52. General Six-Principle Baptists (1 church left, I think)
    53. Separate Baptists in Christ
    54. National Association of United Baptists (similar to the UB's above {# 41}, but Arminian rather than Calvinistic)

    REFORMED BAPTISTS

    55. Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America
    56. Sovereign Grace Baptist Association
    57. Continental Baptist Churches

    OTHER

    58. Strict Baptists (3 churches related to the Strict Baptists of England)
    59. Alliance of Baptists
    60. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
    61. Unaffiliated Baptists - numerous churches across the country do not affiliate with any kind of group or fellowship.


    Baptist "split-offs" (such as Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Holiness Baptist Association, General Conference of the Evangelical Baptist Church, etc.) are counted as Baptists by some compilers of such data. It is my opinion that neither Baptists, nor these groups themselves, recognize them as Baptist.

    ETHNIC BAPTISTS
    There are many associations, conferences, and conventions that exist separately from the major conventions because of a difference in language. These groups usually relate in some way to the larger national bodies and therefore and not usually counted as separate groups of Baptists.

    GOOD SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON BAPTISTS
    Baptists Around the World, Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
    Encyclopedia of American Religions, by J. Gordon Melton, editor
    Handbook of Denominations, by Mead and Hill
    Baptist Atlas, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
    Dictionary of Baptists in America, by Bill J. Leonard, editor
    Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches

    Go here for links to denominational web sites.

    [ June 24, 2001: Message edited by: rlvaughn ]
     
  3. rlvaughn

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    COMMENTS ON TWO AND TWO MORE

    The Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship possibly should not be counted as separate groups since they still operate to some degree within the Southern Baptist Convention. Counting thus would drop my total back to 59. I expect the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will gradually withdraw from all contact with the SBC.

    Two groups that operate within the American Baptist Churches in the USA are: (1) American Baptist Evangelicals, a conservative evangelical group; and (2) the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, a pro-homosexual group.

    P.S. - Dr. Bob, I hope you will also post your list, because it is probably a little different from mine. [​IMG]
     
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    HOW MANY BAPTIST GROUPS ARE THERE?

    America is a land where religious affiliations flourish. A survey taken in 1980 listed Baptist Groups that were national or regional (no state fellowships or secondary groups such as are included in the previous listing) that met the following criteria:
    (1) It was the chief religious loyalty of that group
    (2) It was multi-state or regional
    (3) It had at least 20 congregations or two large (over 2000) congregations
    Here are the nation-wide Baptist groups:

    BLACK BAPTISTS (7 national groups)
    1. Negro Baptist - Church of Christ’s Holiness I-VIII
    2. Negro Baptist - Church of God and Saints of Christ
    3. Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association
    4. National Baptist Convention of America
    5. National Baptist Convention of the USA
    6. National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the USA
    7. Progressive National Baptist Convention

    CALVINISTIC ANTI-MISSIONS BAPTISTS (16 national groups)
    8. Black Primitive Baptists
    9. National Primitive Baptist Church of the USA
    10. National Primitive Baptist Convention of the USA
    11. North American Baptist Association
    12. Primitive Baptist – Absolute Predestinarian
    13. Primitive Baptist – Buffalo River Association
    14. Primitive Baptist – Central District Association
    15. Primitive Baptist – Hiwassee Association
    16. Primitive Baptist – Mayo Association
    17. Primitive Baptist – Old Elkhorn Association
    18. Primitive Baptist – Progressive
    19. Primitive Baptist – Regulars
    20. Primitive Baptist – Round Lick Primitive Baptist Association
    21. Primitive Baptist – Sandlick/Spencer Associations
    22. Regular Baptist Association
    23. Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists

    GENERAL BAPTISTS – ARMINIAN (10 national groups)
    24. Baptist General Conference
    25. Evangelical Free-Will Baptist Church
    26. General Association of General Baptists
    27. General Conference of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church
    28. General Six-Principle Baptists (Roger Williams)
    29. National Association of Free-Will Baptists
    30. Pentecostal Free-Will Baptist Church
    31. Primitive Baptist Conference
    32. United Baptists
    33. United Free-Will Baptist Church

    MAINLINE BAPTISTS – CALVINISTIC (26 national groups)
    34. American Baptist Association
    35. American Baptist Churches of the USA
    36. Association of Evangelicals for Italian Missions
    37. Baptist Bible Fellowship
    38. Christian Unity Baptist Association
    39. Conservative Baptist Association
    40. Duck River Association of Baptists
    41. Fundamental Baptist Fellowship
    42. General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
    43. Independent Baptist Church of American
    44. Kyova Association of Regular Baptist Churches
    45. Landmark American Baptist Association
    46. National David Spiritual Temple of Christ’s Church Union, USA
    47. New England Evangelical Baptist Fellowship
    48. New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches
    49. North American Baptist General Conference
    50. Old Light Baptist Churches
    51. Particular Baptists
    52. Reformed Baptists
    53. Regular Baptists
    54.River Brethren
    55. Russian/Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Union of the USA
    56. Separated Baptists in Christ
    57. Southern Baptist Convention
    58. Southwide Baptist Fellowship
    59. Sovereign Grace Baptist Movement
    60. World Baptist Fellowship

    MISSIONARY BAPTISTS (2 national groups)
    61. Baptist Missionary Association of America
    62. Missionary Baptists of America

    SEVENTH DAY BAPTISTS (2 national groups)
    63. Seventh-Day Baptist General Conference
    64. Seventh-Day Baptists (German)

    ETHNIC BAPTISTS (8 national groups)
    65. Swedish Baptist Convention
    66. Baptist General Conference
    67. Old German Baptist Brethren
    68. North American Baptist General Conference
    69. Plymouth Brethren
    70. Ashland Brethren
    71. Grace Brethren
    72. Amana
     
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    My goodness, aren't American (USA) Baptists divided? :confused:
     
  6. rlvaughn

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    QUESTIONS FOR BOB GRIFFIN:

    Do you know the source of the 1980 survey mentioned in your post? I notice it follows J. Gordon Melton's divisions fairly closely (and even some of his mistakes, such as Christian Unity being Calvinistic and Baptist General Conference being Arminian).

    I think you have personal experience with some of the fellowships I mentioned as related to the New Testament Association. These groups are problematic for categorization, since they are state associations. Most of them, as far as I know, are not connected to any national organization. Do you know if my numbers 11-18 have any connection with any national independent groups such as NTA, FBF, BBF, etc., or do they basically "stand on their on"? Any info will be helpful.

    What is your opinion on the inclusion of the Brethren churches on this list? In my opinion, the Brethren churches, the Old German Baptists, and the German Seventh Day Baptists are probably neither theologically nor historically Baptist.

    Finally (unrelated to previous posts), have you ever heard of the Colorado Reform Baptist Church? Melton's 1989
    Encyclopedia of American Religions mentions it, but I have never seen it mentioned elsewhere. It is not "Reformed", but Arminian and involved in social activism. Supposedly had about 28 churches and it's Bishop was William T. Conklin of Denver, CO. Thought you might have heard of it since you're out that way.

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    REVIEW AND COMMENTS ON 1980 SURVEY OF BAPTIST GROUPS

    "...Baptist Groups that were national or regional that met the following criteria:
    (1) It was the chief religious loyalty of that group
    (2) It was multi-state or regional
    (3) It had at least 20 congregations or two large (over 2000) congregations
    Here are the nation-wide Baptist groups:"
    This survey is somewhat confusing in that it sets criteria (implying that these groups are nation-wide) and yet does not follow its own criteria. For example, in 1980 the Christian Unity Association had 2 churches ( 1 in VA & 1 in NC) with about 80 members. I think that the Christian Unity should have been counted as a distinct group (for reasons I will give in another post); but the survey does not follow its own criteria here. Several other examples could be given, but this will suffice.

    11. North American Baptist Association - this was the original name of the Baptist Missionary Association of America when it was formed in 1950. The present name was adopted in 1969. It is not Calvinistic Anti-Missions.

    13. Primitive Baptist – Buffalo River Association; 14. Primitive Baptist – Central District Association; 15. Primitive Baptist – Hiwassee Association; 16. Primitive Baptist – Mayo Association; 17. Primitive Baptist – Old Elkhorn Association; 20. Primitive Baptist – Round Lick Primitive Baptist Association; 21. Primitive Baptist – Sandlick/Spencer Associations : This survey follows the early editions of the Encyclopedia of American Religions in listing these as primary religious bodies. They are simply local associations of Primitive Baptists that did not correspond with any other associations and may be categorized as either Regular (Old Line); Absolute Predestinarian; Progressive; or Universalist Primitive Baptists like the 1000's of other local associations of Primitive Baptists. The 1993 edition of EAR corrects this error.

    GENERAL BAPTISTS – ARMINIAN (10 national groups)
    24. Baptist General Conference - the BGC is no more Arminian than the SBC. It holds total depravity and eternal security.

    31. Primitive Baptist Conference (of New Brunswick, Maine, and Nova Scotia) - this group no longer exists as a separate body. In 1981, they joined the National Association of Free Will Baptists and are now the Atlantic-Canada Association of FWB's. They were never connected with the Calvinistic Primitive Baptists, but were a descendant of the Free Christian Baptist movement of New England. Most other Free Baptists in the North had long ago joined the Northern Baptist Convention (now ABCUSA).

    43. Independent Baptist Church of America - this originally Swedish Baptist group has been out of existence for 15-20 years.

    44. Kyova Association of Regular Baptist Churches - if this group still exists, which my best resources from the area doubt, it is still simply a local association of Old Regular Baptists that doesn't fellowship with the others because they don't believe in unions.

    45. Landmark American Baptist Association - no such animal; is the same as #34.

    50. Old Light Baptist Churches - anyone have any information on these??

    36. Association of Evangelicals for Italian Missions; 55. Russian/Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Union of the USA - these 2 bodies should probably be counted as ethnic Baptists. They have their own associations, but the churches are also related to the parent body, the ABCUSA.

    62. Missionary Baptists of America - there is no denominational group with this name, but many unaffiliated independent churches, as well as others, carry the name missionary Baptists.

    ETHNIC BAPTISTS
    66. Baptist General Conference; 68. North American Baptist General Conference - these are counted twice (#24 & #49). Though BGC has a Swedish background and NABC a German one, these groups are seldom considered ethnic Baptist groups today, because they have long since joined the mainstream of Baptists.

    54.River Brethren; 64. Seventh-Day Baptists (German); 67. Old German Baptist Brethren
    69. Plymouth Brethren; 70. Ashland Brethren
    71. Grace Brethren; 72. Amana - all these are Brethren groups and not Baptists in the strictest sense.
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rlvaughn:
    QUESTIONS FOR BOB GRIFFIN:

    I think you have personal experience with some of the fellowships I mentioned as related to the New Testament Association. These groups are problematic for categorization, since they are state associations. Most of them, as far as I know, are not connected to any national organization. Do you know if my numbers 11-18 have any connection with any national independent groups such as NTA, FBF, BBF, etc., or do they basically "stand on their on"? Any info will be helpful.
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    I am not Dr. Bob (thank heavens!!!) :D, but I have some up to date info related to your question. First of all, the FBF is a pastor's fellowship and is not an association of churches. Any pastor can be a member by agreeing with their doctrinal statement and sending in a small fee to be included in their directory and receive their magazine "Frontline." It has a great heritage dating back to 1920 as a group of pastors within the ABC who were fighting liberalism at its founding.

    In the past the BBF has had a loose basis of affiliation so that if you support a BBF missionary or faithfully attend BBF state fellowship meetings your church may be listed in the directory.

    With regard to the NTA (I am a board member), the state associations you mentioned are not tied in any way to the NTA. In fact, the NTA has no ties with any other organization or fellowship. Individual churches join the NTA by church vote and approval at the NTA annual meeting (Just held at Woodcrest Baptist Church in Mpls). My church happens to be a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches and the NTA, but there is no connection between the two. However, most of the churchs in our state fellowship are not a part of the NTA or any national organization.

    It is true that a number of the churches in these state fellowships you listed #11-18 in a previous post are involved in their state fellowships but have no involvement beyond that. ;)

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    Circuitrider, thanks for the info: "My church happens to be a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches and the NTA, but there is no connection between the two. However, most of the churchs in our state fellowship are not a part of the NTA or any national organization. It is true that a number of the churches in these state fellowships you listed #11-18 in a previous post are involved in their state fellowships but have no involvement beyond that."

    This illustrates part of what I mean is problematic concerning categorizing and counting these groups. I am also an independent Baptist, but when it comes to grouping and counting, independent Baptists provide perhaps the greatest challenge. As you note, many of these fellowships are not associations of churches, but rather preachers' fellowships. Where do we place these state groups categorically and statisically? They are not nationwide. But they are not really part of any national group. They are probably not much theologically different from most other ifb's, yet they cannot be counted with groups of which they are not a part. If we ignore groups that are only regional or local, quite a number of Baptists will be dismissed rather than counted toward the total Baptist population of the United States. For an opposite example - the Baptist General Convention here in Texas does not need to be listed or counted separately, because they are counted with the Southern Baptist Convention. But with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches, if they are not listed separately, where will these churches be counted or recognized? They are really not a part of any other organization. Would this not also be correct of most of the Minnesota BA, Assn of Ind. Baptists of Illinois, Ind. Fund. Baptist Association of Michigan, and other such groups?
     
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    Boy, this list is getting long. That's okay.

    I am Primitive Baptist.....most would call me "Old Line" or "Hardshell".


    Associations in relationship to the Primitive Baptist are generally loose associations. We fellowship with one another. It's a way for us to get together with "those of like faith".

    The association has no authority over the local churh. Each church stands alone with the head of the local church being our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each church can vote to be a part or not be a part of any association. If a church is a member of an association it is generally by location or the church happens to be in a general location of the group of churches which has formed an association.

    I do not really care for associations, at least the ones I have seen.

    I just thought I'd share some thoughts.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you!!!

    Chris
     
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    Thanks a lot! These are great lists!!

    I used to refer to the list we had on the old BB quite often. I'm sure I will be coming back to this thread over and over again.
     
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    Is there any way to add membership stats to the above list? Even if they are just ballpark numbers.
     
  13. Dr. Bob

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    :mad:Can't do it on my part. My stats are old and outdated (like I am) - the list I shared was from 1980 and has holes in it for sure. :cool:

    I can't keep track of the membership of my church, much less a whole bunch of ornery and independent baptists! :D

    Sorry I can't be of more help. [​IMG]
     
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    On the FBF, until this year the national directory listing was free of charge. The state directory in California still is free. While most of those listed are pastors, the FBF directories also include missionaries and evangelists or other interested party. As noted it is a fellowship of individuals, men like B.M. Cedarholm, Arno, G. Archer, and Max Wenigar, M.J. Hollowood, et al were burned too bad by their experiences with the NBC and CBA to have anythingelse. They wanted something they could get out of quick if needed. :eek:
     
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    MEMBERSHIP OF BAPTISTS BY GROUPS

    The following statistics of Baptists in the United States are taken mostly from Baptists Around the World, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr., 1995, Broadman & Holman. As far as I know this represents the most recent PUBLISHED count of Baptists in the United States. The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies' "Religious Congregations Membership Study, 2000" should be available in a year or two, and will be published by Glenmary Research. Other sources of statistics will be noted at the end of the post. This list follows my first post with a few refinements and additions to (hopefully) make the list more accurate.

    1. American Baptist Churches in the USA [1,504,573 members in 5801 churches]
    2. Baptist General Conference [132,994 members in 786 churches]
    3. Conservative Baptist Association of America [200,000 members in 1197 churches]
    4. North American Baptist Conference [42,689 members in 267 churches]
    5. Seventh Day Baptist General Conference [4885 members in 78 churches]
    6. Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America [402 churches]
    7. General Association of Regular Baptist Churches [157,522 members in 1541 churches]
    8. Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America [106 churches]
    9. New England Evangelical Baptist Fellowship [had 1022 members in 10 churches in 1965 - no recent statistics available]
    10. SIMILAR STATE, REGIONAL, OR NATIONAL INDEPENDENT FUNDAMENTAL GROUPS [estimated 66,500 members in 467 churches - includes Minnesota Baptist Association; Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches; Association of Independent Baptist Churches of Illinois; Dakota Baptist Association; Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship; Mountain States Baptist Fellowship; Association of Fundamental Baptist Churches of Northern California; Independent Fundamental Baptist Association of Michigan; & New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches]
    11. Southern Baptist Convention [15,400,487 members in 38,458 churches]
    12. American Baptist Association [approx. 250,000 members in 1731 churches]
    13. Baptist Missionary Association of America [234,607 members in 1327 churches]
    14. Independent Landmark Associations and Churches [estimated 85,000 members in 821 churches - includes 4 unaffiliated associations and 695 independent churches]
    15. Interstate and Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association of America [14,225 members in 132 churches]
    16. Old Time Missionary Baptists [approx. 60,000 members in 490 churches - includes 24 unaffiliated associations and 168 independent churches]
    17. Sovereign Grace Landmark Independent Baptist [417 churches]
    18. United Baptist - Landmark type [23,969 members in 126 churches - Green River, South Concord, South Fork, Stockton Valley, and West Union Associations]
    19. Baptist Bible Fellowship International [3395 churches]
    20. Heartland Baptist Bible Fellowship [unofficial name; recently separated from BBFI, including Northwest Baptist Fellowship & Missouri Valley Concord of Independent Baptist Churches - numbers would be included in BBFI above]
    21. Independent Baptist Fellowship International [540 churches]
    22. Liberty Baptist Fellowship [100 churches]
    23. Southwide Baptist Fellowship [912 churches]
    24. World Baptist Fellowship [945 churches]
    {Wardin says these southern-oriented fundamentalists (BBFI-WBF) have over 4500 churches and are approaching 2 million members. Totals of churches above will not add up correctly because many pastors participate in more than one of these fellowships. This is also true of the northern-oriented fundamentalist fellowships}
    25. National Baptist Convention of America [1,700,000 members in 6716 churches]
    26. National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. [6,000,000 members in 18,513 churches]
    27. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America [200,000 members in 701 churches]
    28. National Primitive Baptist Convention, Inc. [616 churches]
    29. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. [741 churches]
    30. Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship [not available]
    31. Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association [approx. 9000 members in 100 churches; these churches also represent in the GARBC or CBAA]
    32. Primitive Baptist - Independent African-American local associations [not available]
    33. Central Baptist Association [3700 members in 33 churches]
    34. General Association of Baptists (Duck River and Kindred Associations) [10,212 members in 99 churches]
    35. Old Regular Baptists [15,218 members in 326 churches]
    36. Regular and Union Baptists [8704 members in 111 churches]
    37. United Baptists - Regular [54,248 members in 436 churches; Wardin's numbers probably include #18 and #51 on my list]
    38. Primitive Baptists - Absolute Predestinarian [6495 members in 389 churches]
    39. Primitive Baptists - Progressive [8000 members in 119 churches]{the Eastern District Association of Primitive Baptists is also progressive in its practice, though not using the name progressive for the churches. 67 churches are in the Eastern District Association}
    40. Primitive Baptists - Regular (Old Line) [48,980 members in 1426 churches]
    41. Primitive Baptist - Univeralists [582 members in 28 churches]
    42. Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists [about 80 members in 4 churches]
    43. Jasper, New Hope, and Pleasant Valley Associations (GA) [10,977 members in 64 churches]
    44. National Association of Free Will Baptists [234,588 members in 2461 churches]
    45. Original Free Will Baptist Convention [33,066 members in 236 churches]
    46. United American Free Will Baptist Church [50,000 members in 816 churches] {note: this is an African-American body}
    47. Independent Free Will Baptist Associations [22,000 members in 295 churches]
    48. General Association of General Baptists [73,308 members in 816 churches]
    49. General Six-Principle Baptists [140 members in 2 churches]
    50. Separate Baptists in Christ [8318 members in 100 churches]
    51. National Association of United Baptists [14,641 members in 152 churches]
    52. Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America [40 churches]
    53. Sovereign Grace Baptist Association of Churches [15 churches]
    54. Continental Baptist Churches [9 churches]
    55. Gospel Standard Strict Baptists [3 churches]
    {Wardin gives an estimated 1600 members in 400 Reformed Baptist congregations. This would include churches independent of the 4 associations mentioned above}

    The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship could possibly be recognized as a new Baptist group, since it operates independently of the SBC. But a number of their churches are affiliated with the SBC. I have no statistical information on them. The Colorado Reform Baptist Church is included in J. Gordon Melton's "Encyclopedia of American Religions" with 2015 members in 38 churches. They are arminian and social activists. I have no other information on them.

    SOURCES OTHER THAN "BAPTISTS AROUND THE WORLD" -
    9. Encyclopedia of American Religions, by J. Gordon Melton, 1989.
    12. The American Baptist Association - a Survey and Census of Its Churches and Associations, by R. L. Vaughn, 1996.
    13. B.M.A.A. Directory and Handbook - 2001
    14. Association minutes and "Unaffiliated Landmark Baptist Church Survey" by R. L. Vaughn.
    15. IFLMBA 2000 minutes.
    16. Association minutes and "Unaffiliated Landmark Baptist Church Survey" by R. L. Vaughn.
    17. "Unaffiliated Landmark Baptist Church Survey" by R. L. Vaughn.
    18. Association minutes.
    31. Association of North American Missions - www.anam-usa.org
    33. Association minutes.
    34. Association minutes.
    39. www.associationofprimitivebaptists.cjb.net
    41. Association minutes.
    42. BATW, Association minutes, & conversation with a "Two-Seed" elder.
    43. Association minutes.
    51. Association minutes.
    52. Association directory.
    53. Association directory.
    54. Association directory.

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    Yeeeeesss!!

    Thanks for the amazing post!
     
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    BAPTIST GROUPS IN 1790

    Maybe you will find these statistics interesting. Baptists have multiplied and divided quite a bit since then.

    Source - p. 47 of The Annual Register of the Baptist Denomination in North America by John Asplund (1791; Reprinted by Church History Research and Archives, 1979).

    SIX PRINCIPLE BAPTISTS - 1 association, 18 churches, 1599 members
    OPEN COMMUNION BAPTISTS - 1 association, 15 churches, 1714 members
    GENERAL PROVISION BAPTISTS - 3 associations, 30 churches, 1948 members
    SEVENTH DAY BAPTISTS - no association, 10 churches, 887 members
    REGULAR (or particular) BAPTISTS - 30 associations, 795 churches, 58398 members

    Total = 35 associations, 868 churches, 64546 members

    Comment by Asplund - "...a large number attend the meetings, at least three times as many as have joined the church."

    Asplund himself - "...I have been prevailed upon to make the tour of Baptist churches, to obtain the necessary information. With a view to this, I have travelled about 7000 miles, in about 18 months, chiefly on foot, and have visited about 215 churches, and 15 associations. I am personally acquainted with 250 Ministers of our Society..." (p. 3)
     
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    Yearbook of American Churches lists the following groups with over 1,000,000 members:

    Southern Baptist Convention: 15,663,000 in 40,039 churches (1995)
    National Baptist Convantion, U.S.A. Inc: 8,200,000 in 33,000 churches (1992)
    National Baptist Convention of America: 3,500,000 in 2,500 churches (1987)
    Progressive National Baptist Convention: 2,500,000 in 2,000 churches (1995)
    National Missionary Baptist Convention of America: 2,500,000 in ??? churches (1992)
    American Baptist Churches in the USA: 1,517,000 in 5,823 churches (1995)
    Baptist Bible Fellowship International: 1,500,000 in 3,600 churches (1995)
     
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    BAPTISTS COMPARED TO OTHER GROUPS

    The following information was reported in the Baptist Standard, Feb. 26, 2001 and was based on the report of the 2001 "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches".

    The ten largest churches (italics mine) in the United States are:
    Roman Catholic Church, 62 million
    Southern Baptist Convention, 15.85 million
    United Methodist Church, 8.37 million
    Church of God in Christ, 5.49 million
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 5.14 million
    Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), 5.11 million
    Presbyterian Church (USA), 3.56 million
    National Baptist Convention of America, 3.5 million
    Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, 2.58 million
    Assemblies of God, 2.57 million

    SOME COMMENTS
    1. It is hard to accurately compare Baptists with Paedobaptists, since their membership requirements and standards are so dissimilar.
    2. It is somewhat hard to accurately compare presbyterian and episcopal single church entities with congregationally governed denominations. For example, the Roman Catholic Church is one single church made up of many small congregations, while each Baptist congregation is an independent church who may or may not choose to work with any group or groups they wish.
    3. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches is a good resource, but not the best resource for Baptist statistics, since they simply take the membership reports as turned in by each group. There is no accounting, as far as I know, for problems such a dual affiliation.
     
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    Where can I get a copy of the "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches"?
     

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