Our Affiliation


Friendship Church is affiliated with and supports the following three groups: 
56 churches that fellowship and work together to reach Washington and Madison Counties.
1,406 churches that fellowship together with the goal of evangelizing our state.
42,000 plus churches that cooperate together in a world-wide effort of missions.
What is the Southern Baptist Convention?
  • It is the largest association of Christian churches in America. One out of every 10 churches in America is affiliated with the SBC. (42,000+ churches and over 16 million members – more than most other denominations combined)
  • It is the most diverse association of churches.
SBC churches include every race, nationality, and ethnic groups. Each Sunday, services are held in over 80 languages in the U.S. One out of every three African-Americans in the U.S. is a Southern Baptist. 
  • It is one of the fastest growing groups
The SBC baptizes over 1,000 new Christians a day in the U.S. and begins nearly 5 new churches a day!

 Why not just be an independent church?

We are an independent church! Every SBC church is completely independent. There is no denominational control or hierarchy, as there is in most other denominations. Each church is self-governed and determines its own affairs. For example:
  • Every SBC church chooses its own pastor
  • Every SBC church owns its own buildings and assets.
  • Every SBC church determines its own programs.
What are the advantages of affiliating with the SBC?
  1. It allows us to identify with other Christians around the world who are known for the commitment to the Bible. Unlike other groups, the SBC has no man-made “creed”. The Bible is our only authority.
  1. It allows our church to participate in the largest missionary organization in the world. Through the SBC “Cooperative Program” we help support over 5,193 missionaries in 104 countries around the world.