The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Southern Baptist Convention continues slide

For the fifth year in a row, the Southern Baptist Convention has seen a drop in its total membership.

The figure in 2011 was 15,978,112, a drop of nearly 1 percent from the 2010 figure of 16.1 million, the denomination's LifeWay Christian Resources reported in June.

Southern Baptists, who remain the nation's largest Protestant body, reported slight increases in total number of churches and baptisms last year.


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