Organized in 1877, the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) consists of more than 150 churches in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia working to have a bold, Christ-centered and spiritually transformational impact on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our churches vary in size, worship styles and ministry activities but each one is committed to building God's kingdom in our community, nation and world.
DCBC is committed to strengthening our member churches to advance God's kingdom. We strive to support our member churches by providing ministry resources and opportunities for networking, fellowship, corporate worship and training, as well as by undergirding their programs and activities. In addition, the Convention seeks to inspire courageous, missional engagement amongst member congregations, organizations, entities, groups and individuals committed to our values and the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40).
DCBC is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. DCBC is also a member of the Baptist World Alliance and partners with many other Baptist bodies and faith-based organizations.
Our slogan points to the vision, mission and values of D.C. Baptists:
One Faith. Many Cultures. Endless Possibilites.
One Faith, which is reflected in scripture by Ephesians 4:5, "one God, one faith, one baptism," points to a spirit of unity and that we share a common goal as well as an understanding that despite different cultures and backgrounds, we serve the same God.
Many Cultures, represents the diversity that exists within DCBC congregations and member churches.
Endless Possibilities, signifies our God-given potential to do great things together as members of the Body of Christ called to God's service. It also points to the potential that comes from church-to-church cooperation and collaboration and the unique possibilities available to individual churches as they live out and pursue their purpose. Additionally, it indicates the countless services and missional opportunities DCBC can offer to our member churches as we strive to be faithful to the work God has entrusted to us.
International Missional Network
As an "International Missional Network," DCBC provides missional pathways for Baptist or non-Baptist congregations, organizations, entities, groups and individuals who share common values, embrace diversity, respect the uniqueness of the different parts of the Kingdom body and engage collaborative efforts; to positively impact people on the local, national and international level.
Statement of Values
We believe that God has called us together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be in Christian community. While we are autonomous as local churches, we are interdependent and believe in the power of working together as a witness to Christ. Jesus affirms the diversity of our gifts and calls us to be in unity. We are many members but one Body—one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
We believe in:
• Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through acts of evangelism and social action
• Involvement in cooperative missions
• Believers' baptism
• Priesthood of all believers
• Autonomy of the local church
• Separation of church and state
We will pursue clear, intentional, purposeful and mutually beneficial partnerships, relationships and networks with other bodies that affirm these values without differentiation to any particular denominational group.
In order to fulfill the strategic priorities of the Convention, programs, services and ministries will focus on:
• Equipping Leaders
• Empowering Congregations
• Engaging Communities
The current Bylaws governing the D.C. Baptist Convention can be found here.
DCBC Regional Profile can be found here.