American Baptist Churches USA exists as a denomination to offer its 5,800 churches a sense of family and to provide resources to support them in life-changing ministries undertaken in the name of Jesus Christ. (Download in English | Espanol -10 Facts Brochure)
The local church is the fundamental unit of mission within denominational life, and our priority. American Baptist leaders have noted that our priority, "is to affirm, support and challenge congregations as they live out their mission."
The American Baptist Mission Center in Valley Forge, PA is a national resource for all congregations. Like the Regional Offices that serve their churches, the Valley Forge offices are home to staffs and programs committed to enabling effective congregational mission and cooperative ministry.
Gathering In Christ's Name: Embracing An Inclusive, Growing Family
We are a diverse people: geographically, theologically and vocationally.
As the most racially diverse denomination in Protestantism, some of the most significant growth in recent years has been witnessed in congregations of
- African American
- Native American
- Asian American
Affirming Mission: Autonomous, Interdependent Congregations
- American Baptists continue a great religious tradition that has promoted
- local church autonomy
- separation of church from state influence
- religious freedom.
- Interdependence -- congregations doing ministry together -- also is an American Baptist hallmark.
Within the denominational household, the cooperative efforts of churches, regions, national and international agencies have produced great accomplishments in the name of Christ.