SBC records biggest-ever drop in members

Monday, May 24, 2021
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OneNewsNow.com Staff (OneNewsNow.com)

empty pews in churchThe nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has released an annual report showing a jaw-dropping one-year decline in membership: 435,632 fewer members.

The Christian Post was among the first news outlets to report on the Annual Church Profile, which comes from SBC congregations that share their year-to-year figures. 

The newest figure showing a steep decline is more than 50% higher than the SBC’s record-setting decline in 2019, the Post pointed out.

The news story also quotes Scott McConnell, who leads Lifeway Research. He said church congregations impacted by the pandemic witnessed a decline in baptisms and likely endured the deaths of church members, too.

“The Southern Baptist Convention is not immune,” he also said, “to the increasing secularization among Americans that is seen in more of our children and our neighbors not having interest in coming to Jesus.”

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