A word of explanation about associations of Baptists in the North. Almost every state has 7+ conventions, fellowships or associations of churches. There is one for Independent Baptists, General Assoc of Regular Baptists, Conservative Baptists, Bible Baptists, General (Swedish) Baptists, Southern Baptists, Reformed Baptists. I pastored 14+ years in Wisconsin, as well as grew up and taught college in Minnesota, so have some first-hand knowledge of these two states, and am head of the Wyoming Fellowship of Baptist Churches, a fledgling organization to help our rural state reach its widespread population. Regardless of any national convention, association or fellowship with which an independent baptist church may align, they have to vote to become a part of a particular state association. The Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches has 100 or so that have united for fellowship. Probably the majority are NOT affiliated with ANY national group! They associate for church planting and fellowship and do not play the national politic game of old conventionism. Likewise for Minnesota. And in Wyoming, our seven churches that started our Fellowship have no "national" voice (although one is part of the InterMountain Baptist Fellowship which is 99% Montana state fellowship). This creates a problem for identifying an accurate number of churches in any group. But to count "State Fellowships" along with the big national organizations will also create the problem of double counting for some churches. Hey, I'm so "independent" I don't even associate with my wife some days . .