The Baptist Association...
Then and Now (con't)
From the small beginning of five churches forming the Philadelphia Association in 1707, many new associations have formed, including over 1100 associations relating to the Southern Baptist Convention. For three centuries, the association has remained the most effective Baptist entity for doctrinal accountability, on-going mutual fellowship and encouragement, local mission and ministry efforts, and communication among churches. There is almost universal recognition that "if national and state conventions ever cease to exist, the local association will still be functioning."
Over the past 300 years the Baptist Association has gone through many changes and at times seemed to lose its focus of helping and assisting the churches. However, the Baptist Association has always been and remains today a strong mission partner with churches seeking to make a Kingdom impact in their world.
Today, as in 1707, your local Baptist Association is positioned in one of the most strategic and crucial places where it can resource churches that are focused on their mission and seeking to carry out their unique God-given vision in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth.
—Excerpts from NAMB & IMB promotional materials
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