If you ask five people to describe Baptists, you will probably get five different answers. That is because Baptists are a diverse bunch and there can be a lot of misconceptions out there.
Baptists are one branch of the Christian family tree, which itself has several sub-branches reflecting some specific beliefs (for example, American Baptist, Southern Baptist, National Baptist). There is more that unites us than divides us, but each branch has something distinctive to offer the wider community. For Baptists, it is our freedom. What sets Baptists apart can be described in these four freedoms:
American Baptist Churches, USA
We are a member of the American Baptist Churches, which comprises nearly 1.6 million persons who worship in more than 5,800 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico. We celebrate our rich diversity of ethnicity, theology and life experience, among other things, as we covenant together for mission and ministry.
The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) and the Merrimack Valley Association are our local affiliations.