Baptist Beliefs


American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Beliefs

  • Belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God
  • Belief that the local church is the fundamental unit of mission
  • Belief that the committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly, and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared
  • Belief that the call to evangelism and missionary world should be taken seriously
  • Partake of two ordinances: believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper
  • Support religious freedom and respect the expressions of faith of others
  • Acknowledge that God’s family extends beyond our local churches, and that God calls us to cooperative ministries
  • Serve as Christ’s witnesses for justice and wholeness
  • Celebrate the racial, cultural, and theological diversity witnessed within ins membership
  • Heed the biblical call to renewal and witness