Conference notes on how leaders and members can revitalize a church.
Each year, Southern Baptists birth 1,000 local churches per year and bury 900 local churches. Membership numbers at churches within the Southern Baptist Convention lag the population growth in the US. In part, this is because formerly Baptist churches no longer wish to be associated with the name Southern Baptist, which has unfortunate connections to American slavery. Many of these churches change their names and continue with solid Biblical teaching as before. Christ is still being proclaimed, and there seems little reason for concern.
In America, sadly, fewer people, Protestant or Catholic, are attending church at all. Secularists rejoice, believing that religion is inherently bad. Some hope that religious beliefs of all varieties will wane as science advances, personal freedom increases, and economic conditions improve around the world. This hope is not new…people like Voltaire held it centuries ago.