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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • Panel: Pastors key to evangelistic efforts in local churches

    June 13 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Panel: Pastors key to evangelistic efforts in local churches

    Pastors must lead their local congregations to be more evangelistic by personally modeling evangelism and discipleship in their own lives. That was a common theme among Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders who took part in a panel discussion on evangelism and declining baptisms in the SBC.

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  • ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    June 9 2017 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP). However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP.

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  • Annual Church Profile: More churches report; baptisms decline

    June 8 2016 by Carol Pipes, Lifeway Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Annual Church Profile: More churches report; baptisms decline

    Southern Baptists may find cause for hope in the latest Annual Church Profile report. The Southern Baptist Convention added more churches in 2015, due mostly to church planting efforts. Churches also experienced an increase in total giving. However, other key measures declined including membership, average worship attendance, baptisms and missions giving.

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  • SBC reports more churches, fewer people

    June 11 2015 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    SBC reports more churches, fewer people

    Southern Baptists are adding more churches but serving fewer members who are giving fewer dollars, 2014 data compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources shows. The number of cooperating churches within the Southern Baptist Convention rose for the 15th consecutive year, but the churches lost more than 200,000 members, the biggest one-year decline since 1881 ...

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  • Pro-lifer’s NAACP parody wins court appeal

    June 4 2015 by Courtney Crandell, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pro-lifer’s NAACP parody wins court appeal

    In a ruling issued May 26, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided unanimously with the pro-life Radiance Foundation in its trademark infringement fight with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The court ruled a parody of the NAACP written by Radiance did not violate laws or confuse people.

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  • Retired SBC researcher Cliff Tharp dies

    March 13 2013 by Marty King, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Retired SBC researcher Cliff Tharp dies

    Cliff Tharp Jr., who coordinated the annual reporting and analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership statistics, died Monday (March 11) in Richmond, Va. He was 70.

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