American Baptist Association

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Denominational Profile

History

Southern Baptist Convention

split into  American Baptist Association (1924)

continuedAmerican Baptist Association

   

split into  North American Baptist Association (1950)

The American Baptist Association grew out of the "landmark" movement among Southern Baptists in the 1850s. The movement, which emphasized the role of the local church, was led by James R. Graves and J. M. Pendleton. A merger of two landmark associations in 1924 created the American Baptist Association.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1931 - - 116,562
1933 - 2,662 263,484
1935 1,734 2,662 263,484
1936 - 1,064 115,022
1937 - 2,662 -
1946 - - 115,022
1948 - 2,272 245,861
1951 - 2,105 286,691
1956 2,350 3,000 600,000
1957 2,172 3,025 630,000
1958 2,300 3,045 630,000
1959 2,350 3,073 647,800
1960 2,365 3,091 648,000
1961 2,385 3,117 650,800
1962 2,405 3,131 653,000
1963 2,425 3,151 655,200
1964 2,525 3,196 719,100
1965 3,150 3,227 726,112
1966 3,175 3,247 731,000
1968 3,195 3,262 745,620
1969 3,309 3,274 782,902
1970 3,512 3,286 786,536
1971 3,312 3,295 790,000
1972 3,368 3,321 869,000
1973 3,338 3,336 955,900
1974 3,651 3,361 1,003,695
1975 4,070 3,570 1,071,000
1978 5,870 4,500 1,350,000
1979 5,425 5,000 1,500,000
1980 5,700 5,000 1,500,000
1981 5,700 5,000 1,500,000
1982 - 1,641 225,000
1983 - 1,641 225,000
1986 1,760 1,705 250,000
1996 1,760 1,705 250,000
1998 1,760 1,760 275,000
2000 1,760 1,760 275,000
2009 - 1,600 100,000

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]