COA is an autonomous Church. This church is self-governing under Christ, and is not bound under the authority of any other body, denomination, or convention. By choice and conviction, Church on Atlantic was founded and remains a cooperating member of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Florida Baptist Convention, and the Gulf Stream Baptist Association.
These are cooperating agencies set up by Southern Baptist Churches in order to serve the churches in offering a method of cooperative giving to do cooperative missions and ministries. The local church sends “messengers” to meetings of the agencies above who vote as they feel led on issues that govern the operations of all SBC ministries.