The Executive Committee exists to minister to the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by acting for the Convention ad interim in all matters not otherwise provided for in a manner that encourages the cooperation and confidence of the churches, associations, and state conventions and facilitates maximum support for worldwide missions and ministries.
The Executive Committee is governed by its board of trustees — the “members” of the Executive Committee — which are elected by the Convention. All of the Executive Committee’s corporate powers are exercised by or under the authority of its board of trustees, and the affairs of the corporation are managed under the direction of that board.
The Church is God’s plan—you are God’s plan—to reach North America and the nations with the hope of Christ, and the North American Mission Board is here to help.
NAMB helps equip churches to be on mission in their own communities and across the continent. Through mercy ministry, church planting, chaplaincy and disaster relief, we help congregations go to the lost and hurting.
All of this ministry is made possible by generous givers through the Cooperative Program. Whether it’s Southern Baptist churches supporting the Cooperative Program, children’s Sunday school groups giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® or single church members moved to sponsor a particular missionary or mission project, each plays a vital role in the salvation of the lost in the United States and Canada.
Christ commissions His followers to go and make disciples throughout the world. To play our part in fulfilling Christ’s commission, IMB partners with local churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached people and places to the glory of God.
“For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.’” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:11-12).
More than 3 billion people do not have clear access to the gospel and, therefore, will likely live and die without ever hearing that Jesus loves them and has provided a way for them to be forgiven. Jesus tasked His followers to go and make disciples, to proclaim the gospel and call people to repent and believe.
The Cooperative Program helps fund ministries and missions through state conventions. Slightly more than 50 percent of all Cooperative Program contributions received on a national level are directed to IMB work. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions funds more than 50 percent of IMB work. Offering funds are used exclusively to support missionaries sent around the globe by their Southern Baptist churches through IMB.
LifeWay Christian Resources, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is the publishing and distribution division of the Southern Baptist Convention and provider of church business services.
The estimated 45,000 autonomous churches that cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention pool their resources to support the work of the six theological seminaries. The Convention operates these seminaries to train its ministers and Christian workers. The six are:
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (1859);
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (1908);
- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana (1917);
- Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention in Ontario, California (1944);
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina (1951); and
- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri (1957).
Collectively the six seminaries have been given a challenging mission: “to prepare God-called men and women for vocational service in Baptist churches and in other Christian ministries throughout the world through programs of spiritual development, theological studies, and practical preparation in ministry.”
Seminary-trained students are trained to go and evangelize, baptize, disciple, and teach individuals across the nation and around the world (Matthew 28:18-20). The Convention has committed itself to provide seminary education and training at the lowest cost possible so graduates are not burdened with debt as they embark on this noble quest.
The six seminaries are funded in part by the Convention’s Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program helps fund ministries and missions through cooperating state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention. About 22 percent of all Cooperative Program contributions received by the Southern Baptist Convention are directed to the six theological seminaries and the SBC Historical Library and Archives. In addition, the seminaries are supported by endowments, donations, tuition, and fees.
At WatersEdge Ministry Services, we don’t answer to stockholders. We serve the church by serving you. Our single-minded focus is spreading the Gospel and strengthening Christian ministries. We do that in two ways:
- By providing financial resources to build churches and grow ministry assets.
- By reinvesting loan interest back into Kingdom causes. Each year, we give back millions in loan interest to ministries across the nation and the world.
When you partner with us, you change lives through the Gospel.
WatersEdge Ministry Services is a trade name of The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma, a not-for-profit corporation registered and operating under the laws of the State of Oklahoma.
The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
The North Carolina/Pennsylvania Baptist Partnership is an avenue through which North Carolina Baptist churches, associations, and individuals have opportunity to partner with Pennsylvania Baptist congregations, church plants, and ministries in fulfilling the God-given task of reaching the lost for Christ.