We are a tribe that was born out of mission
Nearly 160 years ago, Swedish immigrants settled in the United States having come to America primarily because of religious persecution. These followers of Christ had a strong conviction about the Bible as the Word of God. They believed in believer’s baptism by immersion. And they had a strong conviction about living a holy life as followers of Jesus Christ. They began to reach other Swedish immigrants with the life changing message of the Gospel. They eventually organized as a fellowship of churches called the Swedish Baptist General Conference.
More than a fifth of all BGC churches have been planted within the past 18 years. In order to seek a receptive audience in their communities, a scant few wanted to identify themselves by the name Baptist. They held to Baptist convictions but did not want to spend precious time refuting stereotypes of other Baptist leaders or groups. Meanwhile, the name Baptist was putting valuable missionaries and their national partners at risk in several countries overseas.
Converge leaders saw the need to make a change. In 2008 the board of overseers approved a new missional name, Converge Worldwide, while retaining the historic name Baptist General Conference in some settings and for legal purposes. Many church planters and missionaries find the new name helpful in their efforts to expand Christ’s kingdom. Our historic beliefs and values stand unchanged, but the new name helps new generations to continue the mission begun many generations before. At the 2018 biennial meeting, constituents voted to remove Baptist General Conference as the movement's legal name and replace it with Converge.
Converge Rocky Mountain was organized in 1958. Churches partnered around the missional glue of transforming the Rocky Mountain region for Christ. Today partner churches remain committed to strengthening believers and churches, starting new congregations and sending believers across the street and around the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.