The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) lost 2 percent of its membership last year—the largest drop in more than a century, according to its annual report. Certain state conventions did report increases in baptisms and church growth, including in places outside the SBC’s Bible Belt strongholds. But overall, the denomination’s Annual Church Profile—released today by LifeWay Christian Resources and capturing 2019 statistics—shows a trajectory of serious decline and a sharp challenge for leaders concerned about evangelism and retention.
Both the CT and LifeWay articles go to pains to mention factors other than the elephant in the room likely behind the acceleration in SBC membership losses – the SBC’s now overt pushing of wokeness, particularly its endorsement of Critical Theory as ratified by Resolution 9 at last year’s convention. Flip the report and note that inside the Bible Belt strongholds were significant declines. That seems to confirm that SBC’s wokeward lurches have not been helpful.
As much as the Woke Church crowd may be in denial about it, many/most Bible-believing Christians in America do not like Leftist ideologies and political advocacy infiltrating their churches. One can argue whether American Christians are right to be that way (They are.), but that’s the way it is. Such infiltration helped drive me and many out of the mainline denominations the past several decades. And now the SBC is learning that lesson the hard way, if they will ever learn.
Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), please take note.