Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s new policy allowing gay Scouts, though it doesn’t explicitly call for churches to drop all ties with the organization.
The debate over the Christian concept of Calvinism is about 500 years old. That’s not stopping it from causing division in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
At the end of the day Wednesday, the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass to an African American pastor for the first time.
Southern Baptists may elect their first African American president when they meet Tuesday as they consider how to attract more believers in a country that is more diverse than ever.
Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is the man poised to become the first African American president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination when convention delegates vote next week.
Leaders of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination have endorsed an optional alternative name for the Southern Baptist Convention: Great Commission Baptists.
Southern Baptists first considered changing their name in 1903. Leaders have seriously proposed it at least 13 times since then.
The Southern Baptist Convention baptized fewer people in 2010 than any time since the 1950s and also saw declines in overall membership and attendance, according to internal figures released ahead of the denomination’s annual meeting in Phoenix.