Convention of Churches
Conventions are a fellowship of congregations of the same denomination but not a centralized church like (e.g. the Roman Catholic Church). Generally, Conventions have churches as members, but memberships may also be extended to individuals. Well-known Conventions of Churches include:
- The Southern Baptist Convention (also known as Great Commission Baptists) is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States made up of nearly 50,000 autonomous Baptist churches and over 13,000,000 members.
- The Salvation Army is a Protestant denomination based on the Holiness movement with 15,409 congregations, 26,359 ministers, and a worldwide membership of over 1.7 million comprising soldiers, officers, and adherents who are collectively known as Salvationists.
- The American Baptist Churches USA (originally known as the Northern Baptist Convention) is made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches and 1,300,000 members.
- The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky and over 780,000 members.
- The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church that meets every three years.
Association of Churches
Associations are an organization of churches engaged in a cooperative undertaking to further a shared religious mission or vision but can be of differing denominations. Well-known Associations of Churches include:
- The American Association of Lutheran Churches is an association of over 50 churches spread across more than 20 states.
- The Association of Vineyard Churches is an association of about 2,400 neo-charismatic evangelical Christian churches spread across 95 countries.
- The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches is an association of about 400 churches and 35,000 members providing fellowship for and services to churches from the Congregational tradition.
- The New Wineskins Association of Churches (NWAC) was a group of nearly 200 theologically conservative Presbyterian churches, each of which is in varying stages of departing from the mainline Presbyterian Church. The NWAC dissolved in 2011.
- The Evangelical Presbyterian Church is an American church body holding to presbyterian governance and Reformed theology with over 630 congregations in association and over 125,000 members.