For almost 175 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: . . . for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel.

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to be a network of more than fifty thousand cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to make an impact for God’s Kingdom. Though as many as two hundred could be counted as “mega-churches,” the vast majority of Southern Baptist churches run less than two hundred in weekly worship. No two Southern Baptist churches are alike; but there are certain commonalities that bind Southern Baptists together, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, size, or locale. What we offer here is an overview to help tell the story of what God is doing in and through the people called Southern Baptists.



The Baptist Convention of New England was founded in 1983 as a small network of Southern Baptist churches. Today we are made up of more than 350 churches located across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

BCNE churches are extremely diverse. Our members include some of the oldest churches in the country and brand-new church plants. We have churches with Southern Baptist roots, as well as churches that have joined us from a non-denominational background or another evangelical denomination. Forty percent of our churches are non-Anglo, and churches from around our convention worship in almost 20 different languages every week.

Despite our outward differences, we are united in the things that matter most: our evangelical Christian beliefs as expressed in The Baptist Faith and Message, a love for New England and a desire to spread the Gospel.