General Association of General Baptists (1870 - Present) - Religious GroupReligious 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)
Top 5 General Association of General Baptists States (2020)1 [View all States]
Top 5 General Association of General Baptists Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]
Top 5 General Association of General Baptists Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]
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
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.