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Baptist World Alliance

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

Website: http://www.bwanet.org/
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Africa:

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

Baptist Church 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 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)

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


Asia:

Baptist Union of Australia

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)

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)

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

Self Supporting Kayin Baptist Mission Society (Myanmar)

Nepal Baptist Church Council

Baptist Conference of the Philippines, 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


Caribbean:

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 Haiti Mission  

Baptist Union of Trinidad and Tobago


Europe:

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

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)

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 Scotland

Baptist Union of Wales

Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists of Middle Asia (Uzbekistan)


Latin America:

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

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 Panama

Evangelical Baptist Convention of Paraguay

Baptist Evangelical Convention of Peru

Baptist Evangelical Convention of Uruguay

National Baptist Convention of Venezuela


Middle East:

Egyptian Baptist Convention

Association of Baptist Churches in Israel

Jordan Baptist Convention

Lebanese Baptist Convention

Baptist Convention of Syria


North America:

Canadian Baptist Ministries

Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist Churches

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 Missionary Baptist Convention of America

North American Baptist Conference

Russian-Ukraine Evangelical Baptist Union, USA, Inc.

Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada

Union of Latvian Baptists in America

 

Pacific:

Fiji Baptist Convention

Baptist Union of Papua New Guinea

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