• NAMB Research

  • A Biblical Missiology for North American People Groups

    In recent years, much has been written and said about the global mission field within North America. The recent flood of immigrants, international students, and guest workers has risen to high levels.
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    Church Planting and SBC Seminaries

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) partners with the six Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries and one Canadian seminary to train church planters. The partnership was launched in 1998 and has been in place at all the seminaries since 2000. As part of the original covenant, the parties agreed to evaluate its impact. This article is based on the first of several research bulletins birthed from a study undertaken by the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board.

    Comparison of Changes in Population, Southern Baptist Churches, and Resident Members by Region and State, 1990 to 2000

    This report examines population and population changes in the United States and compares them to the changes in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches and resident membership for the years 1990 and 2000. This information is examined at the national level, by the four census regions of the country, by the nine census divisions, and by states.

    Conversion and Witnessing Among Southern Baptists

     One out of every eight worship service attendees in a Southern Baptist congregation is lost. In the U.S. Congregational Life survey, churches and participants were selected to be representative of these worship service attendees

    CP Study Part 1: Study Shows 68 Percent Survivability Rate for Church Plants

    CMR shared data with 11 denominations and networks to survey more than 2,000 new churches planted from 2000 to 2005. We were able to determine the status of 1,000 of them and phone interviewed 500 of them. We found that the survivability rate of the church plants in our study was 68 percent after four years—and this was similar in all denominations.

    CP Study Part 2: How Many Church Plants Really Survive--and Why?

    We found that realistic expectations were a significant determining factor of success. When the church planter's expectations meet the reality of the church planting experience, the chance of survivability increases by over 400 percent. Of those who said their expectations were realized, 87 percent of their churches survived compared to only 61 percent of church plants survived among those who did not have their expectations met. It is evident that a realistic picture of the joys and difficulties surrounding church planting is beneficial for both the church plant and the church planter.

    CP Study Part 3: 10 Factors for Higher Attendance in Church Plants

    Why do some church plants experience higher attendance while others struggle to attract people? Are there commonalities among those with higher than average attendance that can be replicated in different settings? A recent study by the Center for Missional Research of twelve denominations or networks provides the answer as a resounding "yes."

    CP Study Part 4: Higher Baptisms in Church Plants

    Buildings, baptisms, and budgets-the benchmarks most people use to evaluate church health. But are these the best measures? There are many who question which is most appropriate, but we wanted to see church plants that are reaching the lost through conversions. In most cases for denominations in our study, that was measured in baptisms

    How Do People Perceive Southern Baptists?

    This summer, the Center for Missional Research partnered with Zogby International to conduct a poll of 1,210 adults. Respondents were asked if their impression of Southern Baptists is very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable. Some respondents said they were not familiar with Southern Baptists and others were not sure of their impressions.

    Multi-site Church Planting

    Yesterday: People would say "That's my bank on the corner of First and Main, and directly across from it is First Baptist Church, where we have been members since we moved here thirty years ago.  The college is up on the hill, our hospital is about a half-mile to the west, and our doctor has his office in that building over there."

    North America + People Groups = Mission Opportunity

    The news is out! According to the most recent census information released on August 15, the face of the United States is changing. CNN's headline for the U.S. proclaimed, "Explosion of diversity sweeps U.S." The New York Times, referring to New York City said, "Immigrant Numbers Swell New York." The Atlanta-Journal Constitution wrote of a local county, "Immigrants Transform Gwinnett." These recent stories reflect the missional opportunities that exist among this ever-expanding population within our country.

    Southern Baptist Churches & Baptisms and the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas

    The 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States are examined in this report. Recent trends in the growth of population, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches, and resident membership of SBC churches are presented and contrasted. Finally, baptisms and baptism ratios per 1,000 population are provided.

    Download full Research ReportAmerica's 50 Largest Metros 1990-2000
    This Research Report may also be of interest, America's Mid Level Metropolitan Areas
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    Southern Baptist Congregations and Worshipers

    In April of 2001 nearly 300,000 worshipers, age 15 and older, in more than 2,000 congregations in the United States participated in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey.

     Download full Research Report, Southern Baptist Congregations and Worshipers: Supplement to A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations, by Phillip B. Jones
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    Southern Baptist Congregations Today

    Sunday morning is the primary time for worship in Southern Baptist congregations—98.5 percent conduct services on Sunday morning.  About 1 in 12 (8.1%) conducts two or more worship services on Sunday morning. 
    Download full Research Report, Southern Baptist Congregations Today 


    Study shows the Growth and Format of Megachurches

    There are 1,210 Protestant churches in the United States with weekly attendance over 2,000, nearly double the number that existed 5 years ago.

    The megachurches surveyed reported a 2005 average regular weekly attendance of 3,585 persons.

    Top 100 SBC Churches in Adult Baptisms in 2000-2005

    Top 10 Churches in Adult Baptisms for 2005 

    Top 100 Churches in Adult Baptisms - 2005  

    Top 100 SBC Churches in Children's Baptisms in 2000-2005

    Top 10 Churches in Children's Baptisms - 2005

     Top 100 Churches in Children's Baptisms - 2005   

    Top 100 SBC Churches in Total Baptisms and Youth Baptisms (2000-2005)

    Top 10 Churches in Youth Baptisms - 2005

     Top 100 Churches in Youth Baptisms-2005