Why Are Fewer Messengers Attending the SBC Annual Meeting?
Southern Baptists are a denomination of more than 15 million people — the largest non-Catholic body in the nation. Our annual meeting has been called the largest deliberative body in the world, and yet the number of messengers attending our annual meeting is less than half of what it was 25 years ago. Why? The answer may not be possible to know, but there are some factors that may have influenced Southern Baptists. Following 12 straight years of conservative SBC presidents (1979-1990) during the conservative-moderate battle, moderates basically withdrew from the annual meeting. By 2011, 1,900 churches had created what was called “a denomination within a denomination” — the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship — which has its own... Continue reading »