Committee on Denominational Research

The Committee on Denominational Research conducted a survey in the Spring of 2023 researching the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our churches. See below the Executive Summary of the survey results:

Executive Summary of the 2023 Post-COVID Survey
Post-COVID Church Survey Findings

(A seminar presented by committee chairman Dr. Danny Baer at the 2023 National Convention)


Past Survey Results

Ordination Survey Report
Ordination Summary Statistics
Presbytery Survey Results

(a seminar from the 2021 National Convention presented by Dr. Danny Baer, chairman of the committee)

Executive Summary of the Church Survey

2020 Free Will Baptist Ordination Practices Survey

You are invited to participate in a research study that explores the characteristics of our Free Will Baptist ordination and presbytery practices. Please complete this survey no later than July 1, 2020.

Please complete the survey (link below) only if you participate on an ordination council or board.

2020 Free Will Baptist Ordination Practices Survey


2020 Convention Seminar: Denominational Research: What We We Discovering About Ourselves

Keynote Presentation



Watch Committee Chairman Dr. Danny Baer discuss the work of the committee:



Information about the Committee

The Committee for Denominational Research was formed in the summer of 2018 at the National Association held in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the purpose of conducting research to provide information about the pastors, churches, and denominational entities of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. The committee members are Dr. Danny Baer, (Chair), Dr. Tim Eaton, Dr. Ron Hunter, Mr. Mark McPeak, and Dr. Eddie Moody.

Survey of Lead Pastors 

Designed to target the lead pastor (sometimes called the “senior pastor” or simply “pastor”) of the churches of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, the survey collected a variety of information with the goal of helping denominational leaders better serve pastors and churches. The survey will also serve as a baseline for future research.

A list of the 2,020 churches in the 2018 FWB Yearbook was supplied to the committee by the Executive Office. A link to the survey was then emailed to the 808 pastors who had email ad-dresses, and a postcard was mailed to the remaining 1,212.* As a result, there were 639 separate responses, resulting in a 3% margin of error for the survey at a 95% certainty level. The survey responses were gathered anonymously. Those who responded were given an opportunity to enter a drawing for a book of their choice from Randall House Publishing

Please be assured of two things. First of all, there is no hidden agenda behind this re-search. We are simply trying to find out more about our denomination so that we may be able to better serve each other. Secondly, all of the responses will be treated with utmost confidentiality.


Executive Summary

Pastor Survey Infographic