From the first page of the first issue (March 2002), where G.W. Carlson identified six hallmarks of the Swedish Baptist Pietist tradition that have defined the Baptist General Conference:
The Baptist General Conference emerged from the Swedish Baptist Pietist Tradition and is committed to the following:
Sola Scriptura — the Bible is the sole basis for theological truth.
Affirmation of Faith (1951) — the consensus, non-creedal statement of faith that unites members of the BGC.
Necessity of personal conversion — the primary focus of the church is to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Great Commission — commitment to missions and evangelism.
Holy living — intentional Christian discipleship through Bible reading, prayer, and cultivation of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Irenic spirit — speak truth in love, avoid harsh polemics, and reject irresponsible heresy hunting.
Religious liberty — each person is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith and conduct, and the church and state must be kept separate.