Global Christian Forum
The proposal for a Global Christian Forum emerged in 1998 in the context of the process of reflection on the Common Understanding and Vision of the WCC. The Global Christian Forum seeks to offer new opportunities for broadening and deepening encounters. It is especially intended to promote new relationships between and among Christian constituencies which have not been in conversation with one another. The range of Christian churches and organizations invited to participate in the Global Christian Forum includes both those who have engaged in existing ecumenical relationships, and those that are part of evangelical, pentecostal, and other constituencies. The Global Christian Forum aims at bringing together the widest possible range of Christian traditions.
The provisional purpose statement of the Global Christian Forum reads: “To create an open space wherein representatives from a broad range of Christian churches and interchurch organizations, which confess the triune God and Jesus Christ as perfect in His divinity and humanity, can gather to foster mutual respect, to explore and address together common challenges.
In the spirit of John 17:21 “that all of them may be one so that the world may believe that you have sent me” and because of our faith in a reconciling God (2 Cor. 5:18-21) a forum could pursue the following:
– Deepen our commitment to God’s word and mission in the world;
– Enhance our understanding of contemporary expressions of Christian mission;
– Pursue principles and practices that enable us to deal freely, responsibly and peaceably with our Christian differences and distinctive qualities;
– Engage in theological reflection in areas of mutual concern;
– Strengthen the wholeness of the church by encouraging communication and cooperation; and
– Foster relationships that may lead to common witness.”
The first meeting on the Forum proposal took place in 1998, at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, near Geneva, Switzerland. Further meetings have been held in 2000 and 2002, at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA, in 2004 in Hong Kong, China SAR (Asia Consultation), and in 2005 in Lusaka, Zambia (Africa Consultation). Two more regional meetings have been scheduled to take place in 2006 (Europe and Latin America). The process of consultation will lead to a global Forum “event” which is scheduled to take place in the second half of 2007. This event should include all the main traditions of the Christian family, and be representative of leadership at a significant level. It should promote Christian unity.
The consultation process of the Global Christian Forum is under the responsibility of a continuation committee composed of representatives of various Christian traditions and organizations. The Global Christian Forum is not meant to become another international Christian institution. There is no organizational structure except for a small secretariat, based near Geneva, Switzerland.
The Global Christian Forum is not a membership organization. Participants in the process are churches from many Christian traditions: African Instituted, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Disciples, Evangelical, Friends (Quakers), Holiness, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Moravian, Non- and Post-denominational, Old-Catholic, Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal, Reformed, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist, United and Uniting (through organized Christian World Communions where applicable); regional and national councils of churches, evangelical fellowships or associations, pentecostal organizations; international ecumenical and para-church organizations; World Council of Churches, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Roman Catholic Church), World Evangelical Alliance, etc.
Christian World Communions
“Christian World Communions” (CWCs) is the term commonly used to describe the globally organized churches or groupings (families) of churches with common theological and historical roots, confessions, or structure. This definition itself demonstrates the fact that there are different kinds of Christian world communions. The term came into common use only around 1979. Other terms used in the past to name these groupings were even less adequate in describing the families of church groupings. They include “world confessional church groups”, “world confessional groups”, “world confessional bodies” and “world confessional families”.
Each Christian world communion consists of churches belonging to the same tradition and held together by a common heritage; they are conscious of living in the same universal fellowship and give to this consciousness at least some structured visible expression. They may or may not be tied to particular creeds or confessions. The forms of “structured visible expressions” of confessional organizations vary greatly. One Christian world communion has many employees and a large annual budget. Several have small staffs and moderate budgets. Some have origins which precede the modern ecumenical movement by several decades. Others were formed or assumed their present level of activities since the World Council of Churches was officially founded in 1948. Their fields of interest can be quite varied. However, they form linkages that strengthen the common witness in their churches in areas such as mission and evangelism, justice and service and promoting Christian unity.
Since 1957, with a few exceptions (1960, 1961, and 1975), the conference of secretaries of Christian world communions has met annually. It usually gathers the general secretaries of these bodies for fellowship and comparing notes together. In some years, they have also been able to discuss various mutual concerns including bilateral dialogues, the relationships between Bible societies and the CWCs, religious liberty and human rights, and the CWCs’ commitment to the future of the ecumenical movement.
The annual meetings usually gather representatives of the following: The Anglican Communion, Baptist World Alliance, Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council, The Ecumenical Patriarchate (Eastern Orthodox), General Conference of Sev-enth-day Adventists, International Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Moravian Church Worldwide Unity Board, The Moscow Patriarchate (Eastern Orthodox), Pentecostals, The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Catholic Church), Reformed Ecumenical Council, The Salvation Army, Friends World Committee for Consultation, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, World Convention of Churches of Christ, World Evangelical Fellowship, and the World Methodist Council. The World Council of Churches is usually represented at the meetings
Even in their totality, the Christian world communions do not represent all branches of Christianity. At least three groups of churches in particular exist outside a worldwide Christian world communions framework: the Oriental Orthodox churches, the independent or indigenous churches, especially in Africa, the united and uniting churches which came into existence from the 1920s onwards.
Varied as they are in their structure and purpose, the Christian world communions are very much alive and must be seen in their relationship with the ecumenical movement. In their beginnings they were in fact the principal existing forms of the ecumenical movement, giving the members of their churches a new consciousness of universality through an understanding of the worldwide dimensions of their own fellowships. Many of their leaders participated in the formation of the World Council of Churches and from 1948 until today have held positions of leadership in it.
In the past, in some quarters, Christian world communions have been viewed as antithetical to ecumenical engagement. Often this has been done by labelling Christian world communions as promoting confessionalism or denominationalism at the expense of promoting Christian unity. This is rather shortsighted. In fact, many Christian world communions are key ecumenical organs and have supported the World Council of Churches in its role as the privileged ecumenical organization. This was recognized as early as the second assembly of WCC in 1954 where, in a report to the assembly in Evanston, Illinois, USA, the then central committee stated: “It may be noted with satisfaction that almost all world confessional associations have gone on record wishing to support the ecumenical movement, and it is suggested that the General Secretary shall arrange for informal consultations from time to time with three or four representatives from each association, to discuss the implementation of that desire and other common problems.” 2
Almost thirty years later, the sixth assembly of the WCC (Vancouver, 1983) recognized the ecumenical importance of the CWCs and of the conference of secretaries of CWCs as partners in the quest for the full visible unity of the church, and encouraged the development of closer collaboration between the WCC and the CWCs. It recommended that both should pursue the task of seeking clarity as to the goal of the unity which Christians seek within the one ecumenical movement, and in identifying steps and possibilities in achieving that goal. It also expressed the hope that a new series of ad hoc meetings of the Forum on Bilateral Conversations would be held, and made the specific request that attention be given to the reception of the Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry text and to its relations to the bilateral dialogues among CWCs. The question of the relationship between the three concepts of unity – “organic unity”, “conciliar fellowship” and “reconciled diversity”
– remains crucial.
These 1983 affirmations built upon earlier efforts to address some questions which were beginning to emerge vis-à-vis the relationship between the WCC and Christian world communions as well as questions related to how younger churches in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific could move beyond denominationalism to ecumenical engagement. The Nairobi WCC assembly (1975), for example, made a number of proposals aimed at both the WCC and CWCs finding “a constructive and complementary way of contributing to the
advance of the ecumenical movement”.
A major contribution of Christian world communions to Christian unity has been the theological bilateral dialogues. Several CWCs have come to some significant agreed statements that have removed some historical suspicions and condemnations. The World Alliance of Reformed Churches for example has developed close relations with Lutherans and Disciples of Christ, and come to some significant
The Evanston Report, 1954, pp. 184-85.
Breaking Barriers: Nairobi 1975. Geneva, WCC, pp. 196-98.
agreed positions with Roman Catholics and Anabaptists as a result of these dialogues. The Joint Declaration on Justification signed by Lutherans and Roman Catholics is a major result of such bilateral dialogues.
In 1974, the Christian world communions conference of secretaries welcomed an initiative of the WCC Faith and Order commission to hold forums to reflect on the dialogues. This was confirmed by the 1975 WCC assembly in Nairobi. Eight such forums were held between 1978 and 2001 with the participation of representatives of Christian world communions. Such forums have provided space for reflection on results and reception of the dialogues at national, regional and global levels and helped to assess their impact on the quest for Christian unity.
As the ecumenical family searches for new models of ecumenical engagement and inter-church collaboration, Christian world communions have often worked within different processes to further this cause. Since 1997, they have been actively engaged in the global Christian forum process. In recent years CWCs have also discussed among themselves and participated in processes related to the call for a reconfiguration of the ecumenical movement.
Churches, Christian World Communions, and Groupings of Churches
In the following pages, brief informative descriptions are presented of the major ecclesial traditions and groupings of churches which exist within Christianity. Most of these, but not all, are part of the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions. Where applicable, information is added on the global organization of the grouping of churches concerned, as well as the list of member churches of the organization. The descriptions are in alphabetical order. In the words of the Toronto Statement 4: “this presentation is not based on any one particular conception of the Church. It does not prejudge the ecclesiological problem.”
Deriving from the ancient Celtic and Saxon churches of the British Isles, Anglicanism found its distinctive identity in the 16th- and 17th-century Reformation, when the separate Church of England, Church of Ireland and Scottish Episcopal Church came into being. At the time of the American revolution, an independent Episcopal church was founded in the United States, and later Anglican or Episcopal churches were founded across the globe as a result of the missionary movements of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of these were given autonomy as provinces in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. In South Asia, the United churches, formed between Anglican and several Protestant traditions, also joined the Anglican communion, as did smaller churches elsewhere such as the Spanish Episcopal Reformed Church and the Lusitanian Church of Portugal.
Anglican and Episcopal churches uphold and proclaim the Catholic and Apostolic faith, proclaimed in the scriptures, interpreted in the light of tradition and reason. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, Anglicans and Episcopalians are committed to the proclamation of the good news of the gospel to all creation. The faith and ministry have been expressed through the Book of Common Prayer, received and adapted by local churches, in the services of ordination (the ordinal), and in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, expounded at the missionary conference in Chicago in 1886, and adopted by the Lambeth conference of 1888. The quadrilateral sets out four essential elements of the Christian faith:
1. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as “containing all things necessary to salvation”, and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
2. The Apostles’ Creed, as the baptismal symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
3. The two sacraments ordained by Christ himself – baptism and the supper of the Lord – ministered with the unfailing use of Christ’s words of institution, and of the elements ordained by him;
4. The historic episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the unity of his church.
Central to Anglican worship is the celebration of the holy eucharist (also called the holy communion, the Lord’s supper or the mass). In this offering of prayer and
The Church, the Churches, and the World Council of Churches. WCC Central Committee, Toronto, 1950.
praise, the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ are made a present reality through the proclamation of the word, and the celebration of the sacrament. Anglicans and Episcopalians celebrate the sacrament of baptism, with water, in the name of the Trinity, as the rite of entry into the Christian church, and celebrate other sacramental rites, including confirmation, reconciliation, marriage, anointing of the sick and ordination. Common worship is at the heart of Anglicanism. The various books of common prayer give expression to a comprehensiveness found within the churches, which seek to chart a via media in relation to other Christian traditions.
The churches of the Anglican Communion are held together by bonds of affection and common loyalty, expressed through links with the “instruments of communion”:
The Archbishop of Canterbury
They are all in communion with the see of Canterbury, and thus the archbishop of Canterbury, in person and ministry, is the unique focus of Anglican unity. The archbishop calls the Lambeth conference, and primates’ meeting, and is president of the Anglican Consultative Council, the three conciliar instruments of communion. The 104th archbishop of Canterbury in succession to Saint Augustine, Dr Rowan Williams, was enthroned in February 2003.
The Lambeth conference
Every ten years or so, the archbishop of Canterbury invites the bishops of the Anglican Communion to join with him in prayer, study and discernment. At the last Lambeth conference in 1998, over 700 bishops were welcomed to the conference which was held in Canterbury.
The Primates’ meeting
Since 1979, the archbishop of Canterbury has also invited the senior bishop, archbishop or moderator (the primates) of each of the thirty-four provinces and four united churches, to join him in regular meetings for consultation, prayer and reflection on theological, social and international matters. These meetings take place approximately every eighteen months to two years.
The Anglican Consultative Council
In 1968, the bishops of the Lambeth conference requested the establishment of a body representative of all sections (bishops, clergy and laity) of the churches, which could coordinate aspects of international Anglican ecumenical and mission work. With the consent of the legislative bodies of all the provinces, the Anglican Consultative Council was established in 1969, and has met regularly since.
The Anglican Communion consists of an estimated 80 million Christians who are members of 44 different churches. These make up 34 provinces, four united churches, and six smaller churches, spread across the globe. Of these, 29 provinces and 7 churches are members of the WCC. The Anglican Consultative Council has a permanent secretariat, the Anglican Communion office, based in London, which also serves the other instruments of communion. The secretariat is responsible for organizing all meetings of the conciliar instruments of communion, as well as the commissions and networks of the communion.
Periodical: Anglican Episcopal World
Member provinces and churches of the Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Kenya Anglican Church of Tanzania Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Church of the Province of Central Africa Church of the Province of Southern Africa Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean Church of the Province of West Africa Church of the Province of Uganda Episcopal Church of the Sudan Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Province of the Anglican Church of Congo Province of the Episcopal Church in Rwanda
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
Anglican Church in Japan
Anglican Church of Australia
Anglican Church of Korea
Church of Bangladesh (United)
Church of Ceylon (E-P to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
Church of North India (United)
Church of Pakistan (United)
Church of South India (United)
Church of the Province of Myanmar
Church of the Province of South East Asia
Episcopal Church in the Philippines
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
Church in the Province of the West Indies
Episcopal Church of Cuba
Church in Wales Church of England Church of Ireland
Falkland Islands (E-P to Canterbury)
Lusitanian Church (E-P to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (E-P to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
Scottish Episcopal Church
Anglican Church of Central America Anglican Church of Mexico
Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil
Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
Anglican Church of Canada
Bermuda (E-P to Canterbury)
Episcopal Church in the USA
Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
Church of the Province of Melanesia
Note: E-P: Extra-Provincial
In addition to the above listed churches which are in communion with the see of Canterbury, there are a number of other smaller churches which derive from the same heritage, but which, for a variety of reasons usually originating in doctrinal dispute, are not members of the Anglican Communion, but which describe themselves as “Anglican” or “Episcopal”. These may either be limited to one locality, such as the “Church of England in South Africa”, or may be a global fellowship, such as the “Traditional Anglican Communion”.
The modern Baptist Church was founded in The Netherlands in 1609 by John Smyth, a clergyman who had broken away from the Church of England. He maintained that the church should receive its members by baptism after they had consciously acknowledged their faith and, since a child is unable to do this, he opposed infant baptism. Some of his followers established a Baptist church in London in 1612, its pastor being Thomas Helwys, who believed in religious toleration for all men and women, including atheists and pagans as well as Christians.
The spread of Baptist churches was greatly influenced by the revival movements during the following two centuries. In 1891 the General and the Particular Baptists were united in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland. The Baptists are the largest denomination in the USA. There are significant Baptist communities in India, Myanmar, Brazil, Nigeria, Great Britain, Romania and the Ukraine. But it is a world church, and Baptists witness in many other countries of the world as well.
Interpreting the New Testament, Baptists stress that the church as the body of Christ is a communion of the faithful who have personally and voluntarily made a decision for Christ, and because of their personal confession of faith become, through baptism, members of Christ’s church. Baptists recognize only the Bible (no creed) as binding authority. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit each church may interpret the scriptures and design the life of its community. The pronounced congregational constitution does not allow for a centralized church structure but promotes unions and conventions of individual churches.
The Baptist World Alliance is a voluntary association among Baptists in unions and conventions of churches. The preamble of its constitution reads: “The Baptist World Alliance, extending over every part of the world, exists as an expression of the essential oneness of Baptist people in the Lord Jesus Christ, to impart inspiration to the brotherhood, and to promote the spirit of fellowship, service and cooperation among its members; but this Alliance may in no way interfere with the independence of the churches or assume the administrative functions of existing organizations.”
The first Baptist world congress was held in London in 1905. The BWA holds a world congress every five years. The BWA celebrated its centennial and 19th congress in Birmingham, England in July, 2005. An annual meeting of the general council governs the Alliance between congresses. The Baptist World Alliance is supported by its member conventions and unions, as well as local churches and individuals. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest and more conservative Baptist group in the world, withdrew from the BWA in 2004 and does not participate in ecumenical organizations. Its 16 million adult members constitute the largest Protestant church in the USA. There are other Baptists who belong to churches which are not members of the Alliance. On the other hand, there are four African American Baptist conventions totalling about 15 million, three of which are members of the WCC and ecumenical participants.
The BWA has study commissions working on various concerns, themes and programmes. Religious freedom and human rights are great concerns of the BWA. The decade, 2000-2010, has been designated “Decade for Racial and Ethnic Harmony”. The majority of African Americans is Baptist and has included outstanding leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. The BWA offices are in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC.
The BWA is organized in six regional fellowships: the All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF), the Asian Baptist Federation (ABF), the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship (CBF), the European Baptist Federation (EBF), the North American Baptist Fellowship (NABF), and the Union of Baptists in Latin America (UBLA).
The Baptist World Alliance has 211 member conventions/unions, with a total membership of 35 million baptized believers, representing a worshipping community of over 100 million Christians (Baptists do not count children as members). Twenty-five of the 211 member bodies are members of the WCC, which represents a total of 60 percent of the BWA constituency.
Periodical: Baptist World Magazine
Member churches of the Baptist World Alliance
Evangelical Baptist Church in Angola
Baptist Convention of Angola Free Baptist Church in Angola Union of Protestant Baptist Churches in Benin Baptist Convention of Botswana Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Burkina Faso Union of Baptist Churches in Burundi Cameroon Baptist Convention
Native Baptist Church of Cameroon
Baptist Church of Cameroon
Union of Baptist Churches of Cameroon
Association of Baptist Churches of the Central African Republic
Fraternal Union of Baptist Churches (CAR)
Community of United Baptist Churches (DRC)
Baptist Community of the Congo River (DRC)
Baptist Community of Western Congo (DRC)
Baptist Community in the Centre of Africa (DRC) Autonomous Baptist Community Wamba-Bakali (DRC) Community of Baptist Churches in Eastern Congo (DRC) Community of Baptist Churches in North Congo (DRC) Community of United Baptist Churches (DRC) Union of Baptist Churches in Congo (DRC) Southern Evangelical Churches (Côte d’Ivoire) Baptist Evangelical Association of Ethiopia Baptist Union in the Gambia Ghana Baptist Convention Baptist Convention of Kenya Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. Association of Bible Baptist Churches in Madagascar African Baptist Assembly, Malawi, Inc. Baptist Convention of Malawi Evangelical Baptist Church of Malawi Baptist Convention of Mozambique Baptist Convention of Namibia Mambilla Baptist Convention (Nigeria)
Nigerian Baptist Convention Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda
Union of Baptist Churches of Rwanda Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone Baptist Association of South Africa Baptist Convention of South Africa Baptist Mission of South Africa Baptist Union of Southern Africa Sudan Interior Church Sudan Interior Church, South Baptist Convention of Tanzania Togo Baptist Convention Baptist Union of Uganda Baptist Convention of Zambia Baptist Union of Zambia Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe Baptist Union of Zimbabwe National Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe United Baptist Church of Zimbabwe
Baptist Union of Australia
Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha
Bangladesh Baptist Fellowship
Garo Baptist Convention (Bangladesh)
Cambodia (Khmer) Baptist Convention
Baptist Convention of Hong Kong
Assam Baptist Convention (India)
Baptist Church of Mizoram (India)
Baptist Union of North India
Bengal Baptist Union (India)
Bengal Orissa Bihar Baptist Churches Association (India)
Bengal Orissa Bihar Baptist Convention (India)
Convention of Baptist Churches of the Northern Circars (India)
Council of Baptist Churches in Northern India
Evangelical Baptist Convention of India
Garo Baptist Convention (India)
India Association of General Baptists
Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention (India)
Karnataka Baptist Convention (India)
Lower Assam Baptist Union (India)
Maharastra Baptist Society (India)
Manipur Baptist Convention (India)
Nagaland Baptist Church Council (India)
North Bank Baptist Christian Association (India)
Orissa Baptist Evangelical Crusade (India)
Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches (India)
Tripura Baptist Christian Union of India Convention of Indonesian Baptist Churches Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Irian Jaya Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches Japan Baptist Conference Japan Baptist Convention Japan Baptist Union Okinawa Baptist Convention (Japan) Korea Baptist Convention Macau Baptist Association Malaysia Baptist Convention
Myanmar Baptist Convention
Self Supporting Kayin Baptist Mission Society (Myanmar) Nepal Baptist Church Council
Baptist Union of New Zealand
Baptist Conference of the Philippines, Inc.
Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, Inc
Convention of Visayas and Mindanao of Southern Baptist Churches (Philippines)
General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Inc.
Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches, Inc.
Singapore Baptist Convention
Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya (Union)
Chinese Baptist Convention (Taiwan)
12th Pakh (District) Church of Christ in Thailand
Thailand Baptist Convention Thailand Karen Baptist Convention Thailand Lahu Baptist Convention
Antigua Barbuda Baptist Association National Baptist Missionary & Education Convention (Bahamas) Barbados Baptist Convention Baptist Association of Belize Bermuda Baptist Fellowship Baptist Convention of Western Cuba Baptist Convention of Eastern Cuba Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Cuba Free Baptist Convention of Cuba Dominican Baptist Convention Baptist Convention of Guyana
Baptist Convention of Haiti
Baptist Haiti Mission
Jamaica Baptist Union
Baptist Union of Trinidad and Tobago
Union of Evangelical Christians – Baptists of Armenia Baptist Union of Austria Union of Evangelical Christians – Baptists of Azerbaijan Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists in the Republic of Belarus Union of Baptists in Belgium Baptist Church in Bosnia/Herzegovina Baptist Union of Bulgaria Baptist Union of Croatia Baptist Union in the Czech Republic
Baptist Union of Denmark
Union of Free Evangelical and Baptist Churches of Estonia Finland Swedish Baptist Union Finnish Baptist Union (Finnish speaking) Federation of Evangelical Baptist Churches of France Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia International Baptist Convention (English speaking) (Germany) Union of Evangelical Free Churches in Germany (Baptists)
Baptist Union of Hungary Baptist Evangelical Christian Union of Italy
Union of Evangelical Christians Baptists in Kazakhstan Union of Evangelical Christians Baptists of Kyrgyzstan Union of Baptist Churches in Latvia Baptist Union of Lithuania Union of Christian Evangelical Baptist Churches of Moldova Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands Baptist Union of Norway Baptist Union of Poland Portuguese Baptist Convention Baptist Union of R.S. Romania Convention of the Hungarian Baptist Churches of Romania Euro-Asiatic Federation of the Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists of Russia Baptist Union of Serbia and Montenegro Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists in Serbia and Montenegro Baptist Union of Slovakia Union of Baptist Churches in Slovenia Spanish Evangelical Baptist Union Baptist Union of Sweden Union of Baptist Churches in Switzerland All-Ukrainian Union of Associations of Evangelical Christian Baptists Brotherhood of Independent Baptist Churches and Ministries of Ukraine
Baptist Union of Great Britain
Baptist Union of Scotland Baptist Union of Wales Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists of Middle Asia (Uzbekistan)
Argentina Evangelical Baptist Convention Baptist Convention of Bolivia Bolivian Baptist Union Brazilian Baptist Convention National Baptist Convention (Brazil) Convention of Baptist Churches of the Chilean Mission Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Chile Colombian Baptist Denomination Baptist Convention of Costa Rica National Union of Baptist Churches (Costa Rica) Baptist Convention of Ecuador
Baptist Association of El Salvador
Federation of Baptists in El Salvador Convention of Baptist Churches in Guatemala National Convention of Baptist Churches in Honduras National Baptist Convention of Mexico
Baptist Convention of Nicaragua
Baptist Convention of Panama Evangelical Baptist Convention of Paraguay Baptist Evangelical Convention of Peru Baptist Evangelical Convention of Uruguay National Baptist Convention of Venezuela
Egyptian Baptist Convention Association of Baptist Churches in Israel Jordan Baptist Convention Lebanese Baptist Convention Baptist Convention of Syria
Canadian Baptist Ministries Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist Churches
American Baptist Churches USA
Baptist General Conference (USA)
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (USA)
Czechoslovak Baptist Convention of the USA and Canada
General Association of General Baptists USA)
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, USA
National Baptist Convention of America (USA) National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America North American Baptist Conference
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc (USA)
Russian-Ukraine Evangelical Baptist Union, USA, Inc.
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Union of Latvian Baptists in America
Fiji Baptist Convention Baptist Union of Papua New Guinea