The Southern Baptist Conference has launched its Annual Church Profile (ACP). The ACP tracks key development and well being statistics, and although the SBC stays the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the report signifies it’s shrinking.
Although monetary giving to the SBC was truly up in 2018 (to $11.eight billion), attendance, memberships and baptisms have been down. The truth is, membership dropped to 14.eight million. For context, as Christianity Right this moment notes, the final time the church fell under 15 million members was again in 1989. Baptisms hit a historic low of simply 246,000.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam Greenway instructed CT, “Facts are our friends, even when the facts themselves are unfriendly. Heartbreaking to see these ACP declines. We must do better as Southern Baptists. God help us.”