The Gulf Coast Baptist Association is a "family" of 70 Southern Baptist churches and missions in Brazoria County, Texas.
We're an ASSOCIATION because the association was the original denominational unit. With over 1200 associations in the U. S. today and 115 in Texas, Baptists have found that the association provides fellowship for churches and church members, training for church leaders, and a platform for communicating information about the work of the churches and the denomination. We meet annually in October to elect officers and committees and to transact business. An executive board made up of ministers and laypersons from the churches serves between annual meetings.
We're a FAMILY because we are spiritual kinfolks. As is true in all families, we are not exactly alike. Some of our churches are large and some are small. Some are traditional and some are more contemporary. We have churches representing six ethnic groups. Our churches meet at various times and locations. Organized in 1946 with fifteen "charter" churches, the Gulf Coast Baptist Association has assisted and encouraged churches as they labor together to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)