Take this short test:
1) What is the world's largest evangelical denomination? Clue: It has 45,000 churches with more than 16 million members.
2) Which is the largest missions-sending organization in the entire world? Clue: It sends nearly 5,000 international missionaries to 153 countries and 5,000 missionaries in North America.
3) The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are two of the three largest disaster relief organizations in the world. What is the third?
4) Which denomination consistently plants more churches across North America than any other?
5) Which denomination is currently training approximately 16,000 future pastors, missionaries and church leaders in its six theological seminaries?
The answer to each question is the Southern Baptist Convention.
-- SBC churches send representatives to the SBC’s annual meeting. In 2014, it's in Baltimore, Maryland June 10–11.
-- Download brochures like "Meet Southern Baptists," or get papers on basic beliefs and mission statements to share in your church. Watch video clips in from the SBC, North American Mission Board and International Mission Board to learn more about us.
-- We support our missionaries thorugh the Cooperative Program. To learn more about it, IBSA has Cooperative Program and other videos available at Vimeo.com/IBSA. Get CP materials from IBSA at IBSA.org/CP or visit CPMissions.net for materials from the SBC Executive Committee.
-- We have several sources of news about the SBC and IBSA. Visit Baptist Press' free daily e-newsmagazine to read exciting, current SBC news, missions and ministry updates online at BPNews.net. Learn about Southern Baptist work in Illinois by reading the e-edition of the Illinois Baptist, the iB2news blog, by visiting the IBSA Facebook page and reading our Twitter feed.
-- Visit the IBSA church planting page go to SEND Chicago and SEND St. Louis to learn more about our church planting partnerships with NAMB. Connect with an SBC international missionary or unreached people group. Visit the IBSA website to learn more about Illinois Southern Baptists on mission. Help a student at an SBC seminary with a scholarship.
And that’s just a snippet of SBC work! Explore SBC websites to discover thousands of exciting facts and resources.
The word “synergy” describes the Southern Baptist Convention well. Each SBC church voluntarily contributes through the Cooperative Program and special mission offerings to mobilize a huge missions and ministry force.
It’s no secret. God is using Southern Baptists to impact eternity more effectively today than in its history!
Diana Davis is author of "Fresh Ideas" and "Deacon Wives" (B&H Publishing). She is an author, columnist and wife of North American Mission Board's vice president for the south region, Steve Davis. Reprinted from Baptist Press. Includes additional reporting by Lisa Sergent.