DID YOU KNOW?
• The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in 1845 when Baptists in Southern states of the U.S. split with Northern Baptists over the issue of slavery. In particular, the two groups had disagreed on the issue of slave holders being allowed to become missionaries. In 1861, the convention pledged its support to the Confederacy. However, in the modern era, the convention has apologized for its proslavery stance. In 1995, Southern Baptist leaders formally renounced the church’s support of slavery and segregation. • The National Baptist Convention USA traces its roots to 1880 when the Baptist Foreign Mission Convention was established. According to the denomination’s website, the foreign mission was formed because its organizers yearned to see the Gospel preached in Africa. The denomination evolved into and was formerly established as the National Baptist Convention USA in 1886. It is the oldest and largest black Baptist convention in the U.S. and around the world.