The Baptist Convention of New York story began in the mid-1950s with a smattering of transplanted Southern Baptists who had resettled in the region. They arrived at a time when mainline denominations were experiencing growth and when their own houses of worship were crowded on Sunday mornings. They came in the midst of what Courts Redford, then president of the Home Mission Board, called a “real Holy Ghost revival” with scattered flames that threatened to become a “consuming spiritual fire.” To their enormous credit, leaders like Redford and his associates galvanized Southern Baptists to seize the opportunities the times afforded for mission expansion into new areas.
As a convention of churches, our missional vision is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations.
Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who we are. Copies can be made available at any Southern Baptist churches.