The service was originally formed at the suggestion of the editors of the State convention newspapers in 1946. Since then, it has grown into the largest religious news service in the United States and has four bureaus located in:
Baptist Press is supported by contributions from Southern Baptists to the SBC Cooperative Program.
BP Sports, formed in September 2000, is a division of Baptist Press that provides daily scores and sports features from the 56 colleges and universities affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
The service also provides special features on professional athletes and coaches who use their position in the world of athletics to promote the Christian faith.