Baptist General Conference

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Baptist General Conference (1852)

renamed toConverge Worldwide (2008)

The Baptist General Conference was founded among Swedish-Americans in 1852 by Gustaf Palmquist.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1952 - 366 48,647
1953 442 362 49,981
1954 - 406 52,485
1955 521 425 54,000
1956 486 441 59,304
1957 555 465 61,724
1958 742 491 65,507
1959 724 516 68,930
1960 500 536 72,056
1961 550 545 75,613
1962 804 549 82,309
1964 700 601 86,793
1965 700 571 86,719
1966 - 573 91,206
1968 1,006 591 100,000
1969 1,006 690 101,226
1970 919 677 103,955
1971 1,032 681 108,474
1972 1,032 686 111,364
1973 1,020 625 109,033
1974 1,055 632 111,093
1975 1,023 653 115,340
1976 959 669 117,973
1977 991 665 120,222
1978 1,002 772 131,000
1979 1,325 701 126,800
1980 1,216 779 133,385
1981 1,227 715 127,662
1982 1,146 721 129,928
1984 1,470 732 128,913
1985 1,526 735 130,193
1986 1,560 753 132,546
1987 1,700 762 131,480
1989 1,700 789 135,125
1990 1,700 792 133,742
1991 1,700 799 134,717
1992 1,700 821 134,658
1994 1,248 813 135,128
1995 - 857 135,008
1996 - 875 136,120
1997 - 879 134,795
1998 - 876 141,445
1999 - 880 142,871
2000 - - 143,200
2001 - - 143,200
2002 - 902 145,148
2007 1,066 1,071 147,500

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]