Latest Articles by ED STETZER
Nov 9, 2012
NASHVILLE (BP)—You’ve heard it suggested the United States is simply Europe on a 50 year delay. Supposedly most churches will be museums before our grandchildren reach adulthood.
Apr 6, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Numbers are neither the reason the Southern Baptist Convention exists nor the best thing we do together. However, the Annual Church Profile (ACP) process exhibits the voluntary cooperation between local churches, associations, state conventions and the national entities.
Therefore, the participation rate among churches each year is an indication of our level of cooperation. Unfortunately, the indicators of cooperation are not heading in the right direction.
Sep 22, 2011
As we all know, an important announcement was made by SBC president Bryant Wright at the latest Executive Committee meeting in Nashville. Wright proposed that the SBC should explore the possibility of changing the denomination’s 166-year-old name. You can see a list of the exploratory task force members here. This has profound implications for the way we carry out Kingdom work in the United States and around the globe.
Jun 12, 2011
NASHVILLE (LWCR) – It is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to move from denial to decision.
It has happened again. The SBC reported membership has declined, again. And, baptisms are at their lowest level in 60 years.
Jun 12, 2011
The numbers are out, again. They show decline, again. But what do they really mean?
May 27, 2010
A LifeWay report released on May 14 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.