Missionary Baptists

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Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, in Tampa, Florida
Cornel West preaching at a Missionary Baptist church in New Jersey

Missionary Baptists are a group of Baptists that grew out of the missionary / anti-missionary controversy that divided Baptists in the United States in the early part of the 19th century, with Missionary Baptists following the pro-missions movement position.[1] Those who opposed the innovations became known as anti-missions or Primitive Baptists.[2] Since arising in the 19th century, the influence of Primitive Baptists waned as "Missionary Baptists became the mainstream".[1] Missionary Baptists do not constitute a distinct denomination, and many affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention.[citation needed]

Missionary Baptist is also a term used by adherents of many African American and Landmark[3] Baptist churches belonging to the American Baptist Association, the Baptist Missionary Association of America and the Interstate and Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association.[4]


  1. ^ a b Garrett, Jr., James Leo (2009). Baptist Theology: A Four-Century Study. Mercer University Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-88146-129-9. Retrieved 2011-01-08.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Byron Cecil Lambert, The rise of the anti-mission Baptists: sources and leaders, 1800–1840 (Arno Press, 1980)
  3. ^ Parsons, George. "Landmark Baptists". Middletownbiblechurch. Middle Town Bible Church.
  4. ^ Wardin, Albert (1995). Baptists Around the World. Broadman and Holman. ISBN 0805410767.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bertram Wyatt-Brown. "The Antimission Movement in the Jacksonian South: A Study in Regional Folk Culture," Journal of Southern History Vol. 36, No. 4 (Nov., 1970), pp. 501–529 in JSTOR