Who are Southern Baptist?
First Baptist of Big Pine Key is part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Often times, churches are stero-typed by denomination and sister church comparisons. Churches are autonomous in the Southern Baptist Convention. The Southern Baptist Convention is comprised of local Southern Baptist churches whose representatives come together on a regular basis to discuss, plan and vote on topical matters of importance to these local churches. Its main purpose is to raise money for both World Missions as well as North American Missions.
Because of its organized and unified efforts, the Southern Baptist Denomination is the largest evangelical denomination reaching the lost world for Christ today. Unlike many other denominations, our missionaries do not have to raise their own funds on order to do the important work of reaching the lost for Christ. The Southern Baptist Convention is not a governing body. They do not have the authority to tell the local churches what to believe or how to run their individual churches. Each local body of believers remains autonomous, free to choose their own governing body, pastors, deacons, as well as beliefs. This means every church has there own unique personality, organization, and style.