STATE AND LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

year

 

mm/dd

 

1707

Philadelphia Association

 

other older association

1751

Charleston Association

 

Alabama

1758

Sandy Creek Association (NC)

 

Arkansas

1760

Ketocton Association (VA)

 

California

1765

Kehukee Association (NC)

 

Florida

1767

Warren Association (RI)

 

Georgia

1784

Georgia Association

 

Kentucky

1794

Hephzibah Association

 

Louisiana

1799

Sarepta Association

 

Missouri

1801

Tate Creek

 

Mississippi

1803

Savannah Association

 

Oklahoma

1806

Missionary State Association

 

Oregon

1809

Cumberland River  more

 

Texas

1816

Bethel

 

 

 

Beckbee

 

 

1818

Louisiana Baptist Association

 

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Cahaba

 

 

1819

Union

 

 

 

Alabama Association

 

 

1820

Pearl River

 

 

 

Bethel

 

 

 

Muscle Shoals

 

 

1822

General Baptist Association of Georgia

6/22

 

1824

Little Rock Association of Regular Baptist

 

 

1825

South Concord

 

 

1826

Buttahatchie

 

 

1829

Spring River

11/14

 

1834

North River United Baptist Association

 

 

1835

Missouri State Association

 

 

 

Suwannee

 

 

1836

Saline

4/02

 

 

Mississippi State Convention

12/23

 

1837

General Association of Kentucky

 

 

1840

Rocky Bayou

 

 

 

Union

 

 

1842

Florida Baptist Association

 

 

1843

Sabine

 

 

1847

West Florida (also contained Alabama churches)

 

 

 

Alachua

 

 

1848

Arkansas State Baptist Convention

9/21

 

 

Baptist State Convention of Louisiana

12/02

 

1850

Bartholemew

10/05

 

 

 

10/26

 

1853

Mt. Vernon

9/03

 

 

First Columbia

10/01

 

 

Bethlehem (churches formerly associated

10

 

 

   with the Black River Association in SE Missouri)

 

 

1854

Judson

 

 

 

Florida Baptist Convention

11/12

 

1857

Mt. Zion

 

 

 

Pacific Baptist Association

8/01

 

1858

Richland

 

 

1859

Arkansas State Baptist Convention (charter approved)

2/12

 

1860

Yellow Creek Baptist Association

11/24

 

1861

Pine Bluff

6/7

 

1870

Clearlake Baptist Association

10/07

 

1873

Eastern Baptist Association of California & Oregon

10/10

 

1881

Shelby County

 

 

1882

Hopewell

 

 

1891

Arkansas Valley Association of Missionary

 

 

 

       Baptist Churches

 

 

1892

Baptist Convention of Eastern Oregon

8/05

 

1901

Baptist Missionary Association of Texas

 

 

1902

General Association of Arkansas Baptists

 

 

1912

Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Association

 

 

 

Central Association of Missionary Baptist Churches

 

 

1919

Red River Missionary Baptist Association

 

 

1920

Florida State Baptist Association

 

 

1921

New Baptist Convention

 

 

1926

Baptist General Assembly of Oklahoma

10/26

 

1927

Alabama State Missionary Baptist Association

10/22

 

1932

California State Missionary Baptist Association

7/31

 

1950

Missionary Baptist Association of Texas

 

 

1952

Cooperative Association of Missionary Baptist

2/12

 

 

        of California

 

 

 

Quote from History and Archives Committee State Association of Missionary Baptist Churches of Arkansas, Pioneer Faith: The History of Missionary Baptist Associations and Churches in Arkansas from 1818 to 1920, Texarkana: History and Archives Committee, 1994, page 35:

 

Early associations were different than contemporary associations. The early associations usually started on Friday or Saturday, and continued through Monday. More time was allotted to praying and preaching. The reports were emphasized, and more discussion was made.  Sometimes two or three preachers preached at one service, one following the other, often preaching an hour each on the same text, and this was done at least at eleven and at "early candle lighting." And they preached on doctrine with all the power possible and with a ring that produced conviction. Most associations featured a "circular Letter" that dealt with some doctrinal or moral problem. This letter was sent to every church shortly before the association met.

 

The associations sent what they called a "corresponding letter" to sister associations." They also welcomed corresponding messengers, and the preachers from other associations and their messages were welcomed. These features were important in maintaining uniformity of doctrine and practice because the churches were scatted, and communications were limited.

 

E. Glenn Hinson summarized (pp. 12-13) the importance of local associations for these pioneer churches:

1. annual meetings offered an occasion for fellowship. In this period the paucity of members in individual churches heightened the need for fellowship.

2. they supplied inspiration and edification through prayer, singing, and preaching,

3. they helped establish Baptist identity among member churches,

4. associations assisted one another in evangelism and missions.

 

Hinson also attempted to characterize (p. 39) services of these early churches, "Services consisted chiefly of preaching, singing, and praying. Baptist preachers, typically uneducated farmers with prejudice against educated and paid ministers, relied heavily upon experience. In their sermons and exhortations they issued dire warnings about death and the judgement to come. Among these converts of the frontier awakening exhortations probably figured more prominently than exposition."

Information for the page was complied primarily from Ashcraft, Robert, General Ed., History of the American Baptist Association.