Who we are


Our Purpose

Founded in 1907, the Illinois Baptist State Association is an association of messengers from Illinois Southern Baptist churches cooperating to achieve common goals. The purpose of IBSA is to assist in establishing and developing effective churches in their context.

Today, nearly 1,000 churches and missions are affiliated with the IBSA.

The Cooperative Program

Cooperative ProgramThe Cooperative Program (CP) was started in 1925 by the Southern Baptist Convention as a system of mission support. It is a financial partnership churches, the IBSA and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) that supports numerous ministries and mission efforts in Illinois and around the world.

The Illinois Baptist State Association sends 43.75 percent of CP gifts to the SBC, the sixth largest amount of all state Baptist conventions, and retains 56.25 percent to start and strengthen churches in Illinois.

For more information and resources visit http://www.IBSA.org/CP, e-mail LisaSergent@IBSA.org, or call (217) 391-3119,


IBSA Vision Statement

We see Jesus as our Master, His Great Commission as our mandate, and healthy, multiplying churches as our primary means of making disciples throughout Illinois, our nation and world.

With compassion for spiritually lost people and anticipation of Jesus’ return, we will work cooperatively with local associations and other partners to:
- Strengthen existing churches in fulfilling their biblical purpose;
- Start healthy new churches designed to reach new groups of people;
- Send believers into local, state, national and world mission fields to proclaim the Gospel and serve others in the name of Christ; and
- Stimulate stewardship among churches so that God’s resources flow faithfully and generously through His people to His worldwide redemptive mission.

Meet Southern Baptists

Meet Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention is a network of autonomous churches voluntarily banded together to engage in missions enterprises and ministry activities designed to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord. Cooperation requires trust; it requires commitment; it requires confidence that God's purposes are bigger than what we can accomplish individually. We believe it is a wonderful thing to be part of what God is doing through Southern Baptists and commend the Convention and its work to you. Learn more about us

Download the six-page "Meet Southern Baptists" brochure

Affiliate with IBSA

IBSAChurches seeking to affiliate with the Illinois Baptist State Association should contact Sandy Barnard at (217) 391-3107 or e-mail SandyBarnard@IBSA.org for more information and an affiliation form.

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