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General Association of General Baptists (1870 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Baptist
Religious Tradition: Evangelical Protestant
Description: The General Association of General Baptists dates back to the 1820s and the ministry of Benoni Stinson. After Stinson was baptized (1820) and ordained (1821) in Kentucky, he moved to Indiana and began his own church after the Wabash United Baptist Association would not tolerate his Arminian freewill views. This church grew, and soon other churches with Arminian perspectives were formed. In 1824, churches that followed Stinson's teachings organized as the Liberty Association of General Baptists, which then spread south and west. In 1870, the general association was formed.
Official Site: http://generalbaptist.com/home
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Maps: General Association of General Baptists1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)



Top 5 General Association of General Baptists States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Missouri 24 5,390 0.88
2 Indiana 20 5,488 0.81
3 Kentucky 16 3,390 0.75
4 North Carolina 5 3,430 0.33
5 Arkansas 4 868 0.29

Top 5 General Association of General Baptists Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Hamilton County, IL 1 640 80.07
2 Webster County, KY 3 620 47.63
3 Carter County, MO 1 230 44.21
4 Deaf Smith County, TX 1 800 43.05
5 Stoddard County, MO 3 1,230 42.90

Top 5 General Association of General Baptists Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Hereford, TX Micro Area 1 800 43.05
2 West Point, MS Micro Area 1 400 21.46
3 Branson, MO Micro Area 3 1,020 18.19
4 West Plains, MO Micro Area 2 530 13.33
5 Palestine, TX Micro Area 1 650 11.22

General Association of General Baptists, Members (1925 - 2010)2


General Association of General Baptists, Ministers & Churches (1925 - 2010)2


General Association of General Baptists, Trends (1925 - 2010)2

YEAR MEMBERS MINISTERS CHURCHES
1925 32,050 565 535
1929 31,374 548 526
1935 34,539 788 544
1937 36,405 512
1940 38,231 593
1942 39,600 580
1950 49,217 661
1951 50,487 887 654
1952 51,105 1,067 676
1953 52,382 1,050 688
1954 51,368 700
1955 53,893 1,145 710
1956 55,600 1,120 722
1957 56,862 1,165 747
1958 56,773 1,180 759
1959 55,637 1,145 738
1960 58,530 792
1961 58,943 1,202 779
1962 60,423 1,239 812
1963 60,736 1,202 817
1964 62,841 1,190 834
1965 63,150 1,280 837
1966 64,498 1,231 844
1967 65,000 910 834
1968 65,000 837 834
1969 65,000 1,045 850
1971 65,000 1,115 854
1973 70,000 1,200 834
1974 70,000 1,125 800
1977 72,030 1,320 867
1979 73,046 1,309 866
1980 74,159 1,349 894
1981 75,028 1,373 870
1983 75,133 1,398 860
1984 75,028 1,476 866
1985 73,040 1,524 875
1986 72,263 1,444 871
1987 73,515 1,527 879
1988 74,086 1,483 868
1989 73,738 1,477 872
1990 74,156 1,384 876
1996 67,881 2,082 830
1997 72,326 1,228 790
1998 67,314 921 719
2000 55,549 1,033 587
2001 85,346 1,305 713
2002 85,924 1,185 692
2003 81,502 1,239 700
2004 78,863 1,281 842
2005 60,559 1,012 604
2006 52,279 1,012 840
2007 46,242 562
2009 45,721 800 900
2010 61,040 995 1,154
       

Sources

1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

2 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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