The Baptists Are in Trouble

From: Gregory P.
Sent on: Sunday, June 8, 2008 5:52 PM
Christians have been in decline in the US for quite awhile now, and church 
membership and attendance have been slipping since the 1950s. Until recently the 
losses were mainly among moderate and liberal "mainline" denominations, but 
now the right wing churches are shrinking too. Today (6/8) the Wash Post ran 
two articles on the front page of the A and Metro sections covering the 
shrinkage of the Baptist churches, including the fundamentalist Southern Baptists. It 
seems the latter are not baptizing new members fast enough. The rate has been 
in decline, and is about the same as it was in the 1950s, when the population 
was half what it is now. A 6/18/05 Wash Post article explained that a Southern 
Baptist Church report observed that ���evangelistically,­ the denomination is on 
a path of slow but discernable deterioration.��� The liberal wings of the 
Baptists are also suffering, in part because they are incorrectly linked with the 
conservative wing. The Baptists are making the usual noises about redoubling 
their efforts to retain and recruit members, but these are not likely to work 
any better than their past programs as the nations continues to secularize 
towards the western norm.  

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