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Southern Baptists Serving Their Neighbors

Initiatives of Southern Baptist Churches

Apr 15, 2016

Executive Summary

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, consisting of approximately 50,000 churches in all 50 states. A key component of the Southern Baptist identity is a commitment to serve one’s neighbors by actively addressing social service needs on both local and international levels. With few exceptions, these service initiatives are independently funded and facilitated entirely by Southern Baptists who voluntarily give of their money, time, and talents.

The particular needs and the methods employed to meet those needs are wide-ranging. Domestic initiatives include services that address hunger, poverty, homelessness, adoption and foster care, disaster relief, health care, human trafficking, community service, children and students’ needs, counseling and addiction recovery, pregnancy support, ministry to prisoners, and needs of refugees and immigrants. These efforts also extend globally. Southern Baptists coordinate to meet needs such as hunger and disaster relief in countries across the world.

Numerous examples can be given to show the tangible results of these service initiatives. A few highlights include:

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