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Barna study shows apparent divide between SBC, other denominations on Calvinism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Barna Group released findings Nov. 15 that said despite what "observers and journalists have described as ... a significant trend" in terms of a Calvinism movement, numbers of Calvinists among Protestant pastors are not greater today (31 percent) than a decade ago (32 percent).       The research includes four studies conducted from 2000 through 2010, each involving a minimum of 600 phone interviews with random, representative samples of clergy.       Barna's results about the broader Christian community seemingly stand in stark contrast to reports released by Southern Baptist Convention entities showing a surge in identity with five-point Calvinism in Southern Baptist life.       In 2007, the North American Mission Board's Center for Missional Research released findings that nearly 30 percent of recent seminary graduates (1998-2004) serving as church pastors identified themselves as Calvinists. Details about the sample methodology and size were not released and this study is not available for public review.       This compared to 10 percent of all pastors in the SBC who affirm the five points of Calvinism, according to a 2006 LifeWay Research study of a cross-section of 413 randomly selected SBC pastors.       At the release of the research, Ed Stetzer who directs LifeWay Research, said the findings show "a growing influence" of Calvinism in SBC life and "certainly a growing influence in the graduates of our seminaries."

JOHNNY HUNT: In his own words

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–At the news conference after messengers elected him to lead the Southern Baptist Convention in 2008, Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., stated that key points of focus for his presidency would be “to keep … our hearts on what united us” and “inspiring the next generation with a […]

BOBBY WELCH: A view of the crossroads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–During his 40 years of ministry, Bobby Welch has served the Southern Baptist Convention from a wide range of perspectives including prominent pastor, SBC president and now as strategist for Global Evangelical Relations (a ministry that continues already established relationships and builds others in the wake of the SBC’s withdrawal from the Baptist […]

Leo Endel: GCRTF may speed CP ‘crumbling;’ new works perspective needed

EDITOR’S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the first article in the four-part […]

Jimmy Jackson: Change should come from the bottom-up, not top-down

EDITOR’S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the second article in the four-part […]

Ted Traylor: GCR logical for CP resurgence; vision inspires giving

EDITOR’S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the third article in the four-part […]

Bryant Wright: Radically reprioritize CP funds; connect with young leaders

EDITOR’S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the fourth article in the four-part […]

SBC EC’s Chapman states ‘grave concerns’ about harm to SBC’s Cooperative Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee released a white paper May 7, "What's in a name? The Cooperative Program and Great Commission Giving," that expresses nine "grave concerns" about how the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force's new category of giving, "Great Commission Giving," will impact the Cooperative Program.

Paper provides ‘Just the Facts’ about SBC structure, methodology & finance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Responding to “misperceptions” about “how we operate and deliver ministry through various channels as Southern Baptists,” D. August Boto, executive vice president and general counsel of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, has released a paper, “Just The Facts,” pertaining to “current issues facing the convention.” “In reading innumerable articles, discussion threads and […]

White paper details history of CP & stewardship promotion in SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Information about the history of Cooperative Program promotion and stewardship education provided to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee contradicts a basic premise of one of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force interim report proposals released Feb. 22.