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Denominational Profile

History

 

Southern Baptist Convention (1845)

continuedSouthern Baptist Convention

   

split into  American Baptist Association

The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in 1845 by Baptist congregations in the American South who rejected the anti-slavery tendencies in the Northern Baptist Convention and withdrew to carry forward independently.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 19,506 27,506 3,611,608
1929 23,431 24,010 3,770,645
1931 - - 3,702,315
1933 - 24,270 4,173,928
1935 21,917 24,537 4,389,417
1937 - 24,844 4,595,602
1940 - 25,018 4,949,174
1942 - 25,737 5,367,129
1944 - 25,965 5,667,926
1946 - - 6,079,305
1947 - 26,764 6,270,819
1950 22,293 27,788 7,079,889
1951 23,400 28,289 7,373,498
1952 25,300 28,865 7,634,493
1953 27,747 29,481 7,883,708
1954 25,881 29,863 8,163,562
1955 27,600 30,340 8,467,439
1956 28,373 30,797 8,700,481
1957 29,490 31,257 8,956,756
1958 29,959 31,477 9,202,205
1959 34,130 31,906 9,485,276
1960 34,147 32,251 9,731,591
1961 36,260 32,598 9,978,488
1962 34,939 32,878 10,191,303
1963 35,000 33,101 10,393,039
1964 - 33,362 10,598,429
1965 - 33,774 10,770,573
1966 - 33,926 10,947,389
1967 - 34,123 11,140,486
1968 - 34,275 11,330,481
1969 - 34,313 11,487,708
1970 - 34,340 11,628,032
1971 - 34,420 11,824,676
1972 54,150 34,512 12,065,333
1973 54,150 34,643 12,295,400
1974 54,150 34,710 12,513,378
1975 55,000 34,880 12,733,124
1976 55,100 35,031 12,917,992
1977 55,500 35,212 13,078,239
1978 56,000 35,357 13,191,394
1979 56,200 35,552 13,372,757
1980 56,200 35,778 13,600,126
1981 61,400 36,022 13,782,644
1982 61,600 36,246 13,991,709
1983 61,900 34,464 14,178,051
1984 62,600 36,668 14,341,821
1985 62,900 36,898 14,477,364
1986 63,200 37,072 14,613,618
1987 63,400 37,238 14,722,617
1988 63,625 37,517 14,812,844
1989 64,100 37,739 14,907,826
1990 64,500 37,922 15,038,409
1991 65,450 36,168 15,232,347
1992 63,352 38,401 15,358,866
1993 60,439 38,682 15,398,642
1994 60,045 39,863 15,614,060
1995 59,338 40,039 15,663,296
1996 71,257 40,565 15,691,964
1997 80,274 40,887 15,891,514
1998 97,783 40,870 15,729,356
1999 100,387 41,099 15,851,756
2000 101,446 41,588 15,960,308
2001 108,682 42,334 16,052,920
2002 121,417 42,775 16,247,736
2003 112,922 42,972 16,439,603
2004 118,289 43,465 16,267,494
2005 117,072 43,669 16,270,315
2006 119,917 44,223 16,306,246
2007 120,464 44,696 16,266,920
2008 121,028 44,848 16,228,438
2009 122,285 45,010 16,160,088

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]