North American Baptist Association

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Denominational Profile

History

American Baptist Association

split into  North American Baptist Association (1950)

renamed toBaptist Missionary Association of America (1969)

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1953 1,425 1,591 160,000
1954 1,460 1,625 243,750
1955 1,547 1,688 251,062
1956 1,598 1,778 261,202
1959 1,735 1,980 330,265
1960 - 1,980 330,265
1961 1,800 1,450 174,000
1966 3,000 1,500 200,000
1968 3,000 1,650 275,000

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]