Hot Topics in the Southern Baptist Convention

Sam Rainer

September 16, 2008

LifeWay Research recently unveiled statistics on hot topics in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and where SBC pastors stand on these issues. Since I pastor an SBC church, the results interested me. One piece of the study I found fascinating involved a name change:

Among Southern Baptist pastors, 7 percent strongly agreed – and another 20 percent somewhat agreed – with the statement, “Having the name ‘Southern’ in the ‘Southern Baptist Convention’ is a hindrance to the work of SBC churches.” Forty-one percent strongly disagreed with the statement while 27 percent somewhat disagreed and 5 percent “don’t know.”

To further clarify opinions on the denomination’s name, Southern Baptist pastors were also asked their level of agreement with the statement, “Having the name ‘Southern’ in the ‘Southern Baptist Convention’ is a hindrance to the work of SBC churches outside of the South.” As the focus shifted to Southern Baptist congregations outside the convention’s historic strongholds, 16 percent of Southern Baptist pastors strongly agreed and 26 percent somewhat agreed, while 29 percent strongly disagreed and 21 percent somewhat disagreed. The remaining 9 percent “don’t know.”

You can read an article containing all of the hot topics here.

What do you think about a name change? Does it make a statement about a greater area of focus? Or does it represent a compromise of identity?

4 comments on “Hot Topics in the Southern Baptist Convention”

  1. kdb1411 says:

    Such disparity of opinions. And we wonder why the SBC has lost its missional and evangelistic heart.

  2. Mike says:

    The word “southern” does not add qualitative value to the denominational identity outside of the south. To a person in the Pacific Northwest, for instance, the qualifier “Southern” does not help provide insight as opposed to Free, Independent, Missionary, Conservative, American or other Baptist derivatives. If a “yankee baptist convention” were to promote itself in the southern states there could likewise be confusion.

    However, SBC obviously possesses a great deal in connotation and historical identity that could be compromised if the S of BC were to be dropped.

    Ironically, as a church without “baptist” in the church name but “SBC” on our church sign – I’ve had unchurched visitors ask “Why did SBC sponsor your sign?” Referring, of course, to southern bell, or AT&T.

  3. Seferino says:

    I hope the name doesn’t change. I would have to change my tattoo!! 😛

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