Decline in Southern Baptist Convention Numbers


Strike the MatchThis week Baptist Press released the article, “SBC Reports More Churches, Fewer People.” Within hours, secular media outlets were reporting on these findings too.

For those who have been tracking these numbers, this article brought no surprises. And while there is nothing surprising here, as a Southern Baptist, I have many concerns for the tribe I deeply love.

In this episode of Strike the Match, I share some of the findings from this article, offer some general observations, and provide a few missiological concerns. The writer of Proverbs notes, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (25:11, ESV). It has been my prayer that this recording will be fitly spoken at a time when the latest news about the Southern Baptist Convention is not very encouraging.

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