Partners & Southern Baptist Links
The SBCV partners with a number of other Southern Baptist, Great Commission-oriented organizations in order to provide our churches and members with greater resources, accessibility, training and support.
Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world.
The term "Southern Baptist Convention" refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Working through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs (The Baptist Faith and Message) and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.
Learn more about the SBC at www.sbc.net.
The International Mission Board (IMB) is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.
The board's main objective is presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to lead individuals to saving faith in Him and result in church-planting movements among all the peoples of the world.
God is using Southern Baptists to carry the light of Jesus to people groups in spiritual darkness across the globe. Your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering help to dispel that darkness so that all peoples may know Him.
The SBC of Virginia currently partners with IMB missionaries in South America, Asia, and Africa. Visit our Mission Partnerships page to learn about how you can work hand-in-hand with God's people around the globe.
Learn more about the IMB by visiting www.imb.org.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is the domestic missions agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. NAMB's defined mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, start New Testament congregations, minister to persons in the name of Christ, and assist churches in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories in effectively performing these functions.
Specifically, they do this by focusing on six major objectives:
- Sharing Christ
- Starting churches
- Volunteering in missions
- Sending missionaries
- Impacting the culture
- Equipping leaders.
To carry out these objectives, NAMB is supported by your Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
By partnering with NAMB, the SBCV and the local church are better able to reach their Judea and Samaria for Christ.
Churches are encouraged to participate in volunteer mission opportunities with our North American missionaries. Learn more about current mission opportunities at our Mission Connection Center. Learn more about NAMB by visiting www.namb.net.
LifeWay is an extension of the SBC and produces material and curriculum. It is an invaluable resource for all churches and church leadership. LifeWay's first assignment was the publication of Sunday school literature. More than a century later, LifeWay continues to provide that service, along with 10 other ministry assignments:
- Church ministries
- Ministries to college and university students
- Christian schools and home school ministries
- Ministries to men and women
- Operation of conference centers and camps
- Publication of books and Bibles
- Operation of LifeWay Christian Stores
- Stewardship education
- Church architecture consultation and services
- Capital fund raising
Learn more about LifeWay at www.lifeway.com.
Formed at the suggestion of state paper editors, and supported with Cooperative Program funds, Baptist Press has been the daily national news service of Southern Baptists since 1946.
Baptist Press circulates to 40 state Baptist newspapers with a combined readership of 1.16 million and has a central bureau in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as four active bureaus in Richmond, Atlanta, LifeWay Christian Resources, and Washington D.C.
BP Sports, formed in September 2000, is a division of Baptist Press that provides daily scores and sports features from the 56 colleges and universities affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention as well as special features on professional Christian athletes and coaches.
To learn more and subscribe to Baptist Press, visit www.bpnews.net.
Liberty University is the largest and fastest growing Christian Evangelical university in the world. Situated right here in Virginia and offering various course options including online education, Liberty stands as a fantastic resource for SBC of Virginia churches.
Liberty University offers a number of different educational options. Among these are:
LU Online is the internet-based branch of Liberty University. LU Online offers the advantage of being accessible anywhere an internet connection is available.
LU Online offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs including seminary education on graduate and postgraduate levels.
Every year, Liberty University offers thousands of students the opportunity to enroll in residential programs in which they can live and study within the university environment.
Liberty University also offers graduate level residential programs.
Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA) offers courses for elementary and high school students (grades 3-12) with an emphasis on individualized learning.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary - Richmond Extension Center
The SBCV works with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to provide seminary courses at the Richmond Extension Center. These convenient classes give Virginia-based students the opportunity to continue their education without the need to travel out of state to the main campus in North Carolina.
- Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
- International Mission Board (IMB)
- North American Mission Board (NAMB)
- GuideStone Financial Services
- Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
- Baptist Press
- The Baptist Banner
- SBC Listing of State Conventions
- Southeastern Baptist Seminary
- Southwestern Baptist Seminary
- Southern Baptist Seminary
- New Orleans Baptist Seminary
- Midwestern Baptist Seminary
- Golden Gate Baptist Seminary
- Mid-America Baptist Seminary
- Luther Rice Seminary
- Liberty University
- Criswell College