23 June 2011

Nation's Largest Protestant Group Faces 'Decline'

Nation's Largest Protestant Group Faces 'Decline', by Bob Smietana (USA Today, 12 June 2011)

Excerpts:
Baptisms fell to their lowest number in 60 years among Southern Baptists, the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The new numbers are a sign that the denomination is in trouble, Baptist leaders say. "This is not a blip," said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay. "This is a trend. And the trend is one of decline."

In 2010, Southern Baptists baptized 332,321 people, or 17,416 fewer than in 2009, according to a report released by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. This marks the eighth time in 10 years that baptisms have declined and the lowest number of baptisms since the 1950s.
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