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  • Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    June 28 2018 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation. “The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record …

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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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  • Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    June 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    In what’s been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of “harvest” events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention’s downward trend in baptisms. “There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching …

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  • IMB addresses baptism numbers

    March 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB addresses baptism numbers

    Decreases in the number of baptisms and new churches reported by International Mission Board missionaries during the past decade reflect changes in data-reporting methods and missions strategy, not a lack of evangelistic ministry. Overseas baptisms for 2015 are at their lowest level since 1969.

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  • Baptisms in N.C. churches decline in 2014

    April 21 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Baptisms in N.C. churches decline in 2014

    The number of baptisms reported by North Carolina Baptist churches fell more than 10 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the information provided by churches through the Annual Church Profile. The total number of believers baptized in 2014 is 18,111.

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  • N.E. Baptists see baptism increase

    December 2 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.E. Baptists see baptism increase

    New England Baptists celebrated a 17 percent increase in baptisms since 2012 and honored retiring executive director Jim Wideman during the Baptist Convention of New England’s annual meeting Nov. 14-15 in Chelmsford, Mass. Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, was the keynote speaker...

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  • N.C. Baptists to help with baptism task force

    September 27 2013 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists to help with baptism task force

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is convening a national Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches.

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  • Rock Spring prefers Kerr Lake baptisms

    August 6 2013 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Rock Spring prefers Kerr Lake baptisms

    It was a hot July Sunday as members of Rock Spring Baptist Church gathered along the shore of Kerr Lake near Henderson.

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  • Lives changed, N.C. baptism numbers up

    February 27 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor | with 0 comments
    Lives changed, N.C. baptism numbers up

    She had been raised to be an atheist. Growing up in China, those around Jing taught her to be skeptical of any religious teaching. Still, a curiosity about Jesus rested deep inside her.

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