The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions is one of the three mission boards, including the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board, supported by Alabama Baptists’ gifts through the Cooperative Program.

We have One Mission – The Great Commission, One Program – The Cooperative Program and Many Ministries – Great Commission Ministries.

Between annual meetings, Convention bylaws provide that the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be the “executive, administrative, fiduciary, and promotional agency of the Convention.”

Both the State Convention and State Board of Missions support the missional efforts of a family of Alabama Baptist entities and auxiliary, including:

The Convention also provides primary support for ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Actions Program), “Alabama’s moral compass” regarding biblical and moral concerns.

The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions ministers in partnership with churches, associations, state convention entities and the larger Southern Baptist family by fulfilling the Great Commission through reaching and growing faithful disciples of Christ, developing Christian leaders, and mobilizing Alabama Baptists for local and global missions.
The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions sees all Alabama Baptists obeying the Great Commandment by fulfilling the Great Commission.

  • Biblical Truth
  • A Personal Relationship with God in Christ
  • The Local Church
  • Cooperation in Mission Endeavors
  • Servant Leadership

“The Alabama Baptist State Convention was founded on October 28, 1823, as the third permanent state convention organized in the South. … The Baptists, though the largest religious group in the state, were weak and widely scattered. They numbered about 5,000 and had about 125 churches and 75 ministers.” (Baptists in Alabama: Their Organization and Witness, by A. Hamilton Reid. Montgomery, Ala.: Paragon Press, 1967).

Today, the State Convention has grown to more than 3,200 churches with approximately 1.1 million members. Each November, the Alabama Baptist State Convention convenes as a two-day meeting of messengers elected by affiliated churches. Messengers and invited guests hear reports about Great Commission ministries. To learn more about this annual meeting, visit

Dr. Rick Lance currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

The State Board of Missions internal structure is broken into four teams:

Each team is led by a team leader. Each team holds 3-4 offices led by a director. Each office then holds State Missionaries that perform various tasks throughout the state. In each office you will also find ministry assistants who’s role it is to support the State Missionaries and their ministry responsibilities.