About the SCBO
In the constitution of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio the following statement sets forth its purpose: This Convention is a not-for-profit, charitable, and cooperative body whose purpose shall be to provide a means for these autonomous churches to work together promoting all endeavors they deem necessary to carry out Christ’s Great Commission. A fuller explanation follows.
The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO) is the missionary organization within Ohio that coordinates the Great Commission cooperative efforts of Southern Baptists to reach Ohio and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Southern Baptists established the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio in 1954. Since then, the number of congregations affiliated with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio has grown to more than 700.
These churches have a worldwide outreach through the Cooperative Mission Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. Southern Baptists support more than 10,000 missionaries who are working with more than 1,200 people groups worldwide. Through the Cooperative Mission work of Southern Baptists, 836,898 converts followed Jesus in believer’s baptism in 2006.
The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio coordinates the promotion and collection of funds for the Cooperative Mission Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ohio Southern Baptists use 40.25% of these funds for worldwide missions and 59.75% of these funds for Mission Ohio.
Mission Ohio is the cooperative effort of Southern Baptists to reach at least 1,000,000 believers in 2,020 congregations by the end of 2020. Local New Testament churches are the Biblical means of reaching people for Christ and helping them to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Strengthening Churches to Start Churches is the focus of Mission Ohio. Mission Ohio enlists five strategies to reach the 2020 Vision of 1,000,000 believers in 2,020 congregations by the end of 2020: prayer and spiritual renewal, more and better disciples, more healthy congregations, discovering, developing, and deploying leaders, and cooperative mission strategies with associations.
The State Convention is divided into six Resource Groups offering a variety of resources to strengthen churches and start new churches. Follow the link below for a list of those Resource Groups and a brief description of the ministries each group offers.
The logo of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio reflects the Southern Baptist identity in Ohio and the inclusivity of the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Southern Baptists are people of the Book: the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. The Bible teaches that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for mankind. Jesus rose from the grave to demonstrate His deity, the Father’s acceptance of the sin-penalty payment, and the power of the gospel. The need for the gospel is worldwide and the power of the gospel to save is worldwide. Jesus commanded His followers to preach the gospel to the whole world. Thus the Southern Baptist logo of the cross, Bible, and world globe depicts the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As a state, Ohio is a recipient and a supporter of the Great Commission. People who don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior and live in Ohio are as lost as anyone anywhere in the world. Lost Ohioans need Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Thus, they are recipients of the Great Commission. Mission Ohio is the cooperative effort of Southern Baptists to reach the lost in Ohio.
Southern Baptists who live in Ohio formed the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio in 1954 to cooperate with other Southern Baptists to reach Ohio and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the SBC logo lies over the outline of the state of Ohio to reflect these values.
Surrounding the SBC logo overlay on the outline of the state of Ohio are 5 human figures. These figures represent both genders of people from the major racial groups. The gospel is for everyone; the Great Commission extends to every people group; and the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio embraces this diversity in membership, leadership, and strategy.