THE LOCAL CHURCH While a new church plant might look different from the structure of a more established church, they are best conceived and orchestrated in partnership with established churches. THE LOCAL ASSOCIATION The local Baptist Association puts missions into the heart of Southern Baptist Churches. Churches partner with associations and they provide resources and assistance in order to resource and strengthen churches and the associational ministry. Click here for a list of Arkansas Associations. THE NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD The North American Mission Board exists to work with churches, associations and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting. THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION Some people feel that denominations are constrictive, and that when you identify with other churches, you suffer compromise. Southern Baptists are sympathetic to these concerns and so firmly hold to the principle of church autonomy and self-rule.