Founded in 1907, the Illinois Baptist State Association is a partnership of almost 1,000 churches, church plants, and mission congregations working together to advance the gospel in Illinois and around the world. IBSA and its member churches are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Through our ministries and missions, IBSA seeks to develop healthy, effective Baptist churches, sacrificially working together to advance the Gospel, make disciples of Jesus, and establish new churches throughout Illinois and the world.

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At the end of the day, missions is all about the people we impact, whether it is sharing the gospel in a far-away place, or helping the needy in our own communities. Jesus calls us to always be on mission, to be witnesses of him to the ends of the earth. At the IBSA, we divide our missions into two major categories: Passion and Peoples.

Passion Ministries are all about showing compassion to people in our own communities by meeting day to day needs. Helping people’s physical needs is a great way to share the love of Christ and meet their spiritual needs. Click here to learn more and find out how you can get involved in Passion Ministries. (Link to:

Peoples Ministries are all about reaching the peoples of the earth. With a focus on Unreached People Groups, Peoples Ministries goes on trips to help share the gospel in Illinois, throughout the United States, and across the world. Click here to learn more and find out how you can get involved in Peoples Ministries