Their beliefs and practices are otherwise similar to those of the Southern Baptist
Convention. Their head office and publishing house are located at Texarkana, TX. They
publish a periodical, the Missionary Baptist Searchlight. They currently have
approximately 300,000 members in just under 2,000 churches.
The ABA currently have beliefs similar to that of most other conservative Christian
churches. Gays and lesbians in committed relationships or otherwise sexually active are
denied membership or ordination within the denomination. Their interpretation of the six "clobber passages" in the Bible leads to their belief that same-gender sexual activity is incompatible with Christianity.