We're an ASSOCIATION because the association was the original denominational unit. With over 1200 Baptist associations in the U. S. today, Baptists have found that the association provides fellowship for churches and church members, training for church leaders, and a platform for communicating information about the work of the churches and the denomination. Meetings are held either monthly or bi-monthly transact business. An executive board made up of ministers and laypersons from the churches serves between annual meetings.
We're a FAMILY because we are spiritual kinfolks. As is true in all families, we are not exactly alike. Some of our churches are large and some are small. Some are traditional and some are progressive. We have churches representing many ethnic groups. Our churches meet at various times and locations. The Association of Baptist Churches has assisted and encouraged churches as they labor together to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)