Friday, May 14, 2010

Will Southern Baptists Ignore The Ongoing Decline?

By Ed Stetzer

A LifeWay report released today showed that overall SBC membership continues to decline—for the third straight year. Despite adding 162 churches across 42 state conventions, total membership slid from 16,228,438 in 2008 to 16,160,088 in 2009, a net loss of 68,350 members. The decline has occurred in spite of an increase of 7,539 baptisms year over year. The Annual Church profiles revealed a tiny (.36%) rise in total number of churches and a .37% increase in primary worship attendance.

As the chart shows, our membership appears to have peaked.

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat