History, Values & Vision



The LBA organized on November 1, 1964 when eighteen churches and one mission, represented by 164 messengers, met at College Hill Baptist Church.


  1. We believe that the local church on mission is God’s plan for accomplishing the Great Commission. Therefore, we value the autonomy of each member church and we value the role of the Association in strengthening churches, assisting in extending ministries, and providing opportunities for ministering together to meet needs which no one church could meet alone.
  2. We believe that the New Testament encourages Christian individuals and churches to have meaningful relationships with one another. Because of this, we value vibrant fellowship, clear communication, and active cooperation.
  3. We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is relevant for all times and situations. Because of this, we value ministries that meet people’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
  4. We believe the one constant in our culture is change. Therefore, we value the flexibility within any ministry or form of ministry that presents the Gospel in new and creative ways.
  5. We believe that the church is to be led by spiritually mature Christians. Therefore we value supporting the local church in discipling the body of believers so that our churches are strengthened and our leadership is of the highest quality.
  6. As we seek God to promote Associational ministries, we value Paul’s words in Phil. 2:2 which say, “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in (see beginning) spirit, intent on one purpose.” (NAS)


We envision an association of networked Baptist churches sharing a passion to impact greater Lynchburg with the Good News of Jesus Christ and drawn together by our common belief in the Lordship of Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, the fulfillment of the Great Commission, the priesthood of believers, local church autonomy, democratic church governance, and separation of church and state.

We further envision a new breed of Baptist association that values ministry over bureaucracy; teamwork over territorialism, people over procedure, and innovation over maintenance. We believe that denominational entities exist for the local church and local churches exist for the glory of Jesus Christ. We dream of a day when the Lynchburg Baptist Association is so effective that churches are drawn to our warm fellowship, excited by our mission fervor, and moved by our compassion for a broken world.