Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

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National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

split into  Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (1961)


The Progressive National Baptist Convention, a predominantly black Baptist church, was founded in 1961 by former members of the National Baptist Convention who supported the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King. The National Baptists had refused to support the Movement actively.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1963 402 394 500,000
1964 450 411 505,000
1965 487 - -
1966 857 650 521,581
1967 863 655 521,692
1991 1,400 1,400 2,500,000
1994 - 2,000 2,500,000
1995 - 2,000 2,500,000
2009 3,500 1,500 1,010,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]

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