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Southern Baptist Convention world 14,000,000 - - - 1986 Barnhart, Joe Edward. The Southern Baptist Holy War. Austin, Texas: Texas Monthly Press (1986); pg. 1. "Well over fourteen million strong, Southern Baptists number a million and a half more than all the Jews throughout the world. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 14,400,000 - - - 1986 Barnhart, Joe Edward. The Southern Baptist Holy War. Austin, Texas: Texas Monthly Press (1986); pg. 241. "At the Atlanta convention of June 1986... Winfred Moore... contended that the 54% of the 40,000 representatives attending... did not necessarily reflect the predominant will and thinking of the 14.4 million Southern Baptists. "
Southern Baptist Convention world - - 37,000
units
- 1986 Barnhart, Joe Edward. The Southern Baptist Holy War. Austin, Texas: Texas Monthly Press (1986); pg. 8. "Many testers of Southern Baptist political winds believe that a terrible ecclesiastical tornado has formed and is on the verge of shattering the more than 37,000 Southern Baptist churches. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 14,600,000 - - - 1987 Associated Press. "Baptists holding debate on biblical inerrancy " (May 5, 1987) "The inerrancy doctrine, which allows for no subjective interpretation of the Bible, has threatened to split the 14.6 million-member denomination. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 14,618,567 - 37,116
units
- 1988 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 44. "In 1988, the convention reported a total membership of 14,618,567 members in 37,116 churches. "
Southern Baptist Convention world - - 54,286
units
104
countries
1988 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 55. "...in 1988, 14,727,770 members in 37,286 churches, including a black membership that some estimated reached 300,000... Foreign missionaries are at work in 103 countries on five continents, in 17,000 churches... "
Southern Baptist Convention world - - 71,255
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131
countries
1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). "Foreign missionaries are at work in 131 countries on five continents, relating to 32,797 churches... " [Added this figure to 38,458 churches in the USA to obtain world number of churches]
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,000,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Ascol, Thomas. "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads: Returning to the Old Paths " [editorial piece, inside front cover, named the same as the subtitle of this special issue] in The Founders Journal, Special SBC Sesquicentennial Issue, 1845-1995 (Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995). Founders Journal web site (viewed online 24 April 1999). "Southern Baptists have in recent years topped the 15 million mark on our membership rolls. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,691,964 - - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "Religions and Health Care " by Fr. J Mahoney, M.Div.; web page: "Membership Reported " (viewed 20 Feb. 1999); [Orig. source: J. Gordon Melton. Encyclopedia of American Religions, 6th edition, copyright 1999, Gale Publishing] Table: "Membership Reported "; 3 key columns: "Religious Group ", "Year ", "Membership " (which always specifies location, whether U.S., North America, or Total]; listed in table as "Southern Baptist Convention "
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,900,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* Elliff, Jim. "Southern Baptists, an Unregenerate Denomination " (written 1999). On web site: Founders Online, the web site of Founders Journal (an SBC academic journal). (Viewed online 24 April 1999) "Out of Southern Baptist's nearly 15.9 million members, only 5.2 million, or 32.8%, even bother to show up on a given Sunday morning, according to the Strategic Information and Planning department of the Sunday School Board (1997). "
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,900,000 - - - 1998 "Patterson's Election Seals Conservative Control " in Christianity Today (July 13, 1998); pg. 21. "...15.9 million-member denomination [Southern Baptist]... "
Southern Baptist Convention world - - 40,877
units
- 1998 *LINK* "World View: Controversy Besets Book On Moons " [headline of a miscellaneous religious news briefs section] in Salt Lake Tribune (26 Sept. 1998). [Orig. source: Christianity Today] Congregations asked fewer Southern Baptist pastors to leave their churches last year, according to a survey of 35,812 of the denomination's 40,877 churches conducted for the state Baptist conventions.
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,700,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* Associated Press. "Religion around the world ", title of subsection: "SOUTHERN BAPTISTS RECORD DIP IN MEMBERSHIP FOR 1998 " in Desert News, Saturday, May 1, 1999 (viewed online 14 May 1999). "Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention... slipped 1 percent in 1998... Records show membership dropped to 15.7 million. Baptisms were down by about 4,800... "
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,064,285 - 40,087
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Southern Baptist Convention world 15,729,356 - - - 1998 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "World View: God's Message Shows Up on U.S. Billboards " (collection of brief news items; subtitle for this item: "Southern Baptist Decrease ") in Salt Lake Tribune (24 April 1999). [Orig. source: Baptist Press] "The churches of the Southern Baptist Convention... are reporting a decrease in membership for the first time since 1926. The decline of 1.02%, or 162,158 members, gives the denomination a total of 15,729,356 people. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 16,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Lieblich, Julia (AP). "Southern Baptists urged to avoid 'touchy-feely' services " in Detroit News, 16 June 1999 (viewed online 6 Oct. 1999). "...would mark a dramatic shift for a denomination whose 16 million members live mostly in the suburbs, small towns and rural areas. The denomination was formed in 1845 by rural whites who insisted on their right to own slaves. During the civil rights era, blacks were not welcome in most Southern Baptist churches. "
Southern Baptist Convention world 15,900,000 - 41,000
units
- 1999 *LINK* Ostling, Richard (AP). "Jewish leader says relations with Southern Baptists are at low point " in Philadelphia Inquirer (v. online 6 Oct. 1999). "He stressed, however, that there was great variety among the 15.9 million Southern Baptists and their 41,000 congregations... The prayer [Southern Baptist] call was 'an arrogant way of denigrating the Jewish religion and the sacredness of our High Holy Days,' Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a letter to the Rev. Paige Patterson of Wake Forest, N.C., president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Foxman said such efforts invited 'theological hatred' of the sort that characterized Europe for centuries and prepared the way for the Nazi Holocaust. "
Southern Baptist Convention world - - 41,000
units
- 2000 *LINK* New York Times News Service. "Carter severs his ties to Baptist group " in Deseret News (21 Oct 2000); pg. lt.. Jimmy Carter, a third-generation Southern Baptist and the first U.S. president to call himself a born-again Christian [announced] "a painful decision " to sever ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, saying that parts of its "increasingly rigid " doctrines violated the "basic premises of my Christian faith. " His decision, announced... in a letter being mailed this week to 75,000 Baptists nationwide, comes... after the [SBC]... declared its opposition to women serving as pastors... "I have seen an increasing inclination on the part of Southern Baptist Convention leaders to be more rigid on what is a Southern Baptist and exclusionary of accommodating those who differ from them... this tendency of the [SBC] leadership to ordain their creed on others has become more onerous for me... " The [SBC] president... Merritt, said... More than 41,000 churches belong to the convention... And while a handful of churches have left, he said, many more new Southern Baptist churches have been built.
Southern Baptist Convention Wyoming 18,674 4.12% 67
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 14,136.
Southern Baptist Convention - active world 7,500,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Ascol, Thomas. "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads: Returning to the Old Paths " [editorial piece, inside front cover, named the same as the subtitle of this special issue] in The Founders Journal, Special SBC Sesquicentennial Issue, 1845-1995 (Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995). Founders Journal web site (viewed online 24 April 1999). "Southern Baptists have in recent years topped the 15 million mark on our membership rolls. Our fastest growing type of member, however, is of the 'non-resident' variety. Add to this the fact that 20% of our members are 'inactive' (they are resident--they have not moved away--but they neither attend nor contribute to their church). What this means is that only half of our 15 million members can in any sense be counted as active (that is, they contributed financially or attended at least one service last year). "
Southern Baptist Convention - active world - - - - 1995 *LINK* Ascol, Thomas. "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads: Returning to the Old Paths " [editorial piece, inside front cover, named the same as the subtitle of this special issue] in The Founders Journal, Special SBC Sesquicentennial Issue, 1845-1995 (Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995). Founders Journal web site (viewed online 24 April 1999). "Even the secular media recognizes the deception of our inflated membership statistics. The Wall Street Journal exposed the facade in an article entitled, 'Official Number of Southern Baptists Is Overstated, Even Their Leaders Agree.' " [The Wall Street Journal (April 25, 1990), p. A16.]
Southern Baptist Convention - active world - - - - 1997 *LINK* Elliff, Jim. "Southern Baptists, an Unregenerate Denomination " (written 1999). On web site: Founders Online, the web site of Founders Journal (an SBC academic journal). (Viewed online 24 April 1999) "...illustrate... by looking at some of the churches I have preached in recently. Each could be any Baptist church in any city. In one church there were an amazing 2000 in attendance on Sunday morning; but 7000 on the roll & a mere 600?00 on Sunday evenings. Take out the guests and this represents less than 10% of the membership. Another church had 2100 on the roll, with 725 coming on Sunday morning. Remove guests & non-member children & that figure drops to 600. Only about a third of those members come out on Sunday evening. Representing less than 10% of the membership. Another church has 310 on the roll with nearly 100 who attend on Sunday morning. Only 30?5, or approx. 10%, come to the evening worship services. These are all considered fine churches... these numbers represent the people who have been baptized. "
Southern Baptist Convention - active world 7,500,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* DAWN Fridayfax 1998 #11: "USA: Baptists give over 100 million dollars for world mission " "Jerry Ranklin, President of the Southern Baptists' Mission Board, says that this sum is still not very much for the denomination's 7.5 million active members "
Southern Baptist Convention - attendance weekly world 5,200,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* Elliff, Jim. "Southern Baptists, an Unregenerate Denomination " (written 1999). On web site: Founders Online, the web site of Founders Journal (an SBC academic journal). (Viewed online 24 April 1999) "Out of Southern Baptist's nearly 15.9 million members, only 5.2 million, or 32.8%, even bother to show up on a given Sunday morning, according to the Strategic Information & Planning department of the Sunday School Board (1997). If your church is anything like normal..., your statistics are probably similar. In the average church, one can cut that 32.8% by about two-thirds to find those interested in any additional aspect of church life, such as a Sunday evening service. In other words, only about a third of the 32.8% or slightly more than a tenth of the whole... show more interest in the things of God than Sunday morning attenders in the liberal church down the street where the gospel is not even preached. These figures suggest that nearly 90% of Southern Baptist[s] appear to be little different from the 'cultural Christians' who populate mainline denominations. "
Southern Baptist Convention - attendance weekly world 5,224,640 - - - 1997 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "World View: God's Message Shows Up on U.S. Billboards " (collection of brief news items; subtitle for this item: "Southern Baptist Decrease ") in Salt Lake Tribune (24 April 1999). [Orig. source: Baptist Press] "The churches of the Southern Baptist Convention... are reporting a decrease in membership... The decline of 1.02%, or 162,158 members, gives the denomination a total of 15,729,356 people. On the other hand, Sunday morning worship attendance increased by 174,052 to 5,398,692. That total is 3.33% higher than the 1997 total of 5,224,640. "
Southern Baptist Convention - attendance weekly world 5,398,692 - - - 1998 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "World View: God's Message Shows Up on U.S. Billboards " (collection of brief news items; subtitle for this item: "Southern Baptist Decrease ") in Salt Lake Tribune (24 April 1999). [Orig. source: Baptist Press] "The churches of the Southern Baptist Convention... are reporting a decrease in membership... The decline of 1.02%, or 162,158 members, gives the denomination a total of 15,729,356 people. On the other hand, Sunday morning worship attendance increased by 174,052 to 5,398,692. "
Southern Baptist Convention - black North America 300,000 - - - 1988 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 55. "...in 1988, 14,727,770 members in 37,286 churches, including a black membership that some estimated reached 300,000. "
Southern Baptist Convention - black USA 200,000 - - - 1985 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994); pg. 381. "...the Southern Baptist Convention claims to have around 200,000 African-American members (Fitts, 1985:305-6) "
Southern Baptist Convention - black congregations world - - 2,800
units
- 1999 *LINK* Lieblich, Julia (AP). "Southern Baptists urged to avoid 'touchy-feely' services " in Detroit News, 16 June 1999 (viewed online 6 Oct. 1999). "Recently, though, the denomination has tried to reach out to blacks and has apologized for tolerating racism. It now has an estimated 2,800 churches with mostly black members -- a small fraction of the thousands of black Baptist churches. "
Southern Baptist Convention - clergy USA 40,000 - - - 1982 Petersen, William J. Those Curious New Cults in the 80s. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing (1982); pg. 20. "...the Southern Baptists, has about 40,000 ministers. "
Southern Baptist Convention - committed beyond mere cultural levels world 1,590,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* Elliff, Jim. "Southern Baptists, an Unregenerate Denomination " (written 1999). On web site: Founders Online, the web site of Founders Journal (an SBC academic journal). (Viewed online 24 April 1999) "Out of Southern Baptist's nearly 15.9 million members, only 5.2 million, or 32.8%, even bother to show up on a given Sunday morning, according to the Strategic Information and Planning department of the Sunday School Board (1997)... only about a third of the 32.8% or slightly more than a tenth of the whole... show more interest in the things of God than Sunday morning attenders in the liberal church down the street where the gospel is not even preached. These figures suggest that nearly 90% of Southern Baptist[s] appear to be little different from the 'cultural Christians' who populate mainline denominations. "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC Georgia, USA - - - - 1999 "Congregation could face ouster over gays " in Dallas Morning News, 25 Sept. 1999, [Source: wire reports]; pg. 6G. "A Southern Baptist church in Decatur, Ga., that welcomes gays could become the first congregation ousted from the Georgia Baptist Convention if delegates to the group's annual meeting approve an executive committee recommendation. The committee has voted to recommend the removal of the Oakhurst Baptist Church, which is known for its acceptance of homosexuals. "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC Georgia, USA - - - - 1999 Associated Press. "Georgia's Baptist convention expels 2 churches over gays " in Dallas Morning News, 17 Nov. 1999. "Georgia's Southern Bgaptists voted overwhelmingly to expel two churches that let gays serve as leaders and allowed a gay wedding. "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC Kentucky - - - - 1999 *LINK* Whitmire, Tim (AP). "Integrated Baptist Church Defies Fire " in Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 1999 (viewed online 4 July 1999). "Today, though Trinity remains part of the Southern Baptist Convention, the congregation and its leaders say they are dismayed by the convention's steady rightward shift over the last two decades. Robison, pastor for less than a year, was asked whether he considers Trinity outside the Baptist mainstream. 'We're in another ocean,' he replied. "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC New Hampshire - - - - 1999 *LINK* Religion News Service. "World View " in Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 1999 (viewed online 4 July 1999). "Screven Memorial Baptist Church in Portsmouth, N.H., -- New England's oldest Southern Baptist Convention congregation -- has become Seacoast Community Church, joining a trend of churches seeking new attendees by dropping a denominational label. Although there are more Baptist churches than any other Protestant denomination, these days Seacoast has joined an even larger group: churches with the word 'community' in their name. That is now America's most popular ecclesiastical 'denominator.' "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC North Carolina - - - - 1999 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher ( "compiler "). "World View... ", subhead: "Baptist Church Breaks Away " in Salt Lake Tribune (March 20, 1999), viewed online 21 March 1999. [Orig. source: Associated Press] "A Baptist congregation in North Carolina has decided to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after years of unhappiness over the denomination's increasingly conservative policies. In a letter sent to the convention, leaders of Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem said they were unhappy over the church's stand on women in ministry, targeting Jews and Mormons for evangelism, a literal [inerrant] interpretation of the Bible... "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC Texas - - - - 1999 Associated Press. "Georgia's Baptist convention expels 2 churches over gays " in Dallas Morning News, 17 Nov. 1999. "Georgia's Southern Bgaptists voted overwhelmingly to expel two churches that let gays serve as leaders and allowed a gay wedding. Texas is the only other Southern Baptist state convention to expel a church of the issue of homosexuality. "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC Texas - - - - 1999 Delgado, Berta. "Conservative Baptists back amendment " in Dallas Morning News, 17 Nov. 1999; pg. 35A. "Meeting Tuesday for the second time in its young history, the conservative Southern Baptists of Texas Convention could not ignore recent action by the group it splintered from in 1997... the moderate Baptist General Convention of Texas... 'As a sixth-generation Texan, it's great to be with the real Texan Baptists,' said Dr. Richard Land, a member of the national committee... continuing rift of the two factions in Texas... 'The Baptist General Convention is... determined to go a separate direction from the national Southern Baptist Convention,' he said... He said that when the Baptist General Convention of Texas last week approved a constitutional change that would allow churches from other states to join, it took the first step to becoming a 'de facto national alternative convention for those who have lost at the state level.' "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC USA - - - - 1999 *LINK* Homechurch website; page: "SIXTH ANNUAL SOUTHERN HOUSE CHURCH CONFERENCE! " (viewed 6 Oct. 1999) "For where else can you see the following: - A house church planter who have seen 250 churches planted in India last year? - A house church planter who has gotten them going in Africa? - A brother who have actually been in and ministered to the underground house church in China last year? - Two ex-Southern Baptist pastors who chucked the system to do God's will "
Southern Baptist Convention - congregations or leaders leaving the SBC USA - - - - 1999 *LINK* Lieblich, Julia. "Southern Baptists chastised over tactics: Efforts to convert Hindus and Jews called offensive " in Deseret News, 30 Oct. 1999 (v. online). "...a former head of the convention's International Mission Board, Keith Parks, calls the Southern Baptists' proselytizing campaign abrasive... The Rev. John Thomas, president of the United Church of Christ, finds missionaries who focus on converting Jews particularly disturbing. 'It's offensive . . . when we have been part of a long history of abusive behavior ultimately leading to the Holocaust.' Better, he says, to focus evangelizing the more numerous nonbelievers... Parks... has no problem telling potential converts that Jesus Christ provides the only way to salvation... Still, that does not justify aggressive or offensive proselytizing, says Parks, who left the Southern Baptist Convention to join the more moderate Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. "
Southern Baptist Convention - Evangelical Denominational Tradition USA - - - - 1990 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 35-36. "Since its publication in 1981, Shurden's thesis has become a helpful tool for understanding the diverse, theological, and liturgical traditions that were incorporated into the SBC... John Loftis describes a fifth tradition that he calls the 'Evangelical Denominational Tradition' in SBC life. He viewed this segment of the convention as growing out of the American Southwest--particularly Texas--with its roots in denominational pragmatism and conservative theology. "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists USA - - - - 1898 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 184. "When the Virginia convention gathered in 1898, a prominent leader from Texas announced that at the 1899 gathering of the entire Southern Baptist Convention he would move to dissolve all relations (including funding) between the Convention and Southern Seminary. Faced with the ultimatum, Whitsitt gave in. On July 13, 1898, he sent a one-sentence telegram to the president of the seminary's board of trustees: 'I hereby resign my office as President of Southern Baptist Theological seminary and Professor of Church History...' This episode has drawn contempt and ridicule upon the Southern Baptists from religious historians ever since... Ahlstrom (1975, pp. 179-180) remarked: 'Rigorous historical scholarship was virtually excluded from Southern Baptist seminaries during the next half-century or more.' "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists USA - - - - 1979 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 136-137. "...1979 SBC meeting at the Summit in Houston, Texas... Busloads of fundamentalist supporters appeared in time to register as messengers and vote for the president. Adrian Rogers was elected on the first ballot with 51.4% of the vote as divided among six candidates, some conservative, some moderate. The takeover had begun. "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists USA - - - - 1988 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 139. "While [Stanley's] election in 1988 was close--barely a 600 vote margin out of 31,000 votes cast--it solidified fundamentalist control. Vines was reelected by a substantial margin in 1989 as The Controversy entered its second decade. "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists USA - - - - 1990 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 188. "As recently as 1990 nearly two thirds of self-identified Southern Baptists, interviewed as part of the General Social Survey, expressed firm agreement with the statement 'The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word' and rejected the alternative, 'The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.' "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists USA - - - - 1990 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 4. "Since [1979] the convention has been divided into two opposing camps: fundamentalists who want to purge all vestigest of liberalism from the convention through control of boards of trustees, and moderates who oppose the fundamentalists' actions... Each group claims to represent the genuine Baptist tradition. "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists world 3,498,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "The Baptist Observer "; web page: "The Battle for Truth in the Southern Baptist Convention rages on " [information about book: The Godmakers: A Legacy of the SBC? by Bruce T. Gourley. (viewed 24 Oct. 1999) "...Brand has also publicly stated that he considers Nancy Ammerman's Battle for the Bible to be a good volume about the Southern Baptist controversy. It should be noted that Ammerman, in her aforementioned book, concludes through extensive research that only 11% (a conservative estimate) to 33% (a liberal estimate) of Southern Baptists identify themselves as fundamentalists and/or identify themselves with the fundamentalist leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention (note: when Ammerman's surveys were conducted, the fundamentalists had not yet decided that the term 'fundamentalist' was a bad term). On the other hand, anywhere from 67% to 89% percent identify themselves as non-fundamentalist and/or as not identifying with the fundamentalist leadership of the SBC. " [22% of 15.9 million total = 3,498,000]
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists world - - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "The Baptist Observer "; web page: "The Battle for Truth in the Southern Baptist Convention rages on " [information about book: The Godmakers: A Legacy of the SBC? by Bruce T. Gourley. (viewed 24 Oct. 1999) "The fundamentalists who began taking over the SBC in 1979 soon came to see that the term 'fundamentalist' was more negative than it was helpful, so they began seeking to claim the term 'conservative' for themselves. The truth is that 'conservative' described virtually all Southern Baptists prior to 1979, which is certainly why the fundamentalists were so eager to be known as 'conservatives' rather than 'fundamentalists.' Now, in the late 1990s, the fundamentalists have succeeded in capturing the term 'conservative' to describe themselves, and have settled on the term 'moderate' to describe those who are less rigid than they are (they were not able to make the 'liberal' label stick). The plain truth, however, is that there is a tremendous difference between a 'conservative' and a 'fundamentalist'... "
Southern Baptist Convention - fundamentalists world - - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "The Baptist Observer "; web page: "The Battle for Truth in the Southern Baptist Convention rages on " [information about book: The Godmakers: A Legacy of the SBC? by Bruce T. Gourley. (viewed 24 Oct. 1999) "...when Chad Brand of the Founders Journal refers to 'conservatives,' he is referring to the sect in Southern Baptist life that should appropriately be called 'fundamentalists' (in the early days of the takeover, they were not ashamed of the fundamentalist label, but... Brand and his colleagues now are ashamed of it). "
Southern Baptist Convention - Georgia Tradition USA - - - - 1845 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 32, 34. "Shurden charted 'four distinct traditions' that existed among Baptists in the South and that became part of the denominational makeup after 1845. "; pg. 34: "Shurden called the third source of Southern Baptist identity the Georgia Tradition, evident in two particular locations, Augusta & Atlanta. The convention that was formed in Augusta coalesced... around southern sectionalism related primarily to the question of slavery and 'cooperative denominationalism'... While the Georgia Tradition fostered extensive denominational cooperation it aslo perpetuated sectional attitudes relating to southern provincialism and racial biases. "
Southern Baptist Convention - missionaries USA 4,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Ascol, Thomas. "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads: Returning to the Old Paths " [editorial piece, inside front cover, named the same as the subtitle of this special issue] in The Founders Journal, Special SBC Sesquicentennial Issue, 1845-1995 (Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995). Founders Journal web site (viewed online 24 April 1999). "During our century-and-a-half pilgrimage Southern Baptists have made great strides in many of these areas. We have seen our foreign missionary force swell to over 4,000 men and women serving under the Foreign Mission Board in more than 175 countries. Through the Home Mission Board we have an almost equal number of appointees serving in our own nation. "
Southern Baptist Convention - missionaries world 8,000 - - 176
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1995 *LINK* Ascol, Thomas. "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads: Returning to the Old Paths " [editorial piece, inside front cover, named the same as the subtitle of this special issue] in The Founders Journal, Special SBC Sesquicentennial Issue, 1845-1995 (Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995). Founders Journal web site (viewed online 24 April 1999). "During our century-and-a-half pilgrimage Southern Baptists have made great strides in many of these areas. We have seen our foreign missionary force swell to over 4,000 men and women serving under the Foreign Mission Board in more than 175 countries. Through the Home Mission Board we have an almost equal number of appointees serving in our own nation. "
Southern Baptist Convention - missionaries world - except USA 1,186 - - - 1958 Reeves, Thomas C. Twentieth Century America: A Brief History. New York: Oxford University Press (2000); pg. 193. "Data on missionary personnel reflected the trend... The number sent out by the conservative Southern Baptist Convention grew from 1,186 to 2,494. "
Southern Baptist Convention - missionaries world - except USA 2,494 - - - 1971 Reeves, Thomas C. Twentieth Century America: A Brief History. New York: Oxford University Press (2000); pg. 193. "The number [of foreign missioaries] sent out by the conservative Southern Baptist Convention grew from 1,186 to 2,494. "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates North Carolina - - - - 1999 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher ( "compiler "). "World View... ", subhead: "Baptist Church Breaks Away " in Salt Lake Tribune (March 20, 1999), viewed online 21 March 1999. [Orig. source: Associated Press] "A Baptist congregation in North Carolina has decided to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after years of unhappiness over the denomination's increasingly conservative policies. In a letter sent to the convention, leaders of Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem said they were unhappy over the church's stand on women in ministry, targeting Jews and Mormons for evangelism, a literal interpretation of the Bible and isolation of congregations that reach out to gays and lesbians. "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates USA - - - - 1984 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 140. "Moderates were slow in developing a strategy or an agenda around which to unite... It took almost five years of The Controversy before those who opposed the fundamentalist takeover could establish anything resembling a united front and focus their energy on a specific candidate. In 1984, a significant number of denomination executives decided that it was time to make a stand. They declared their opposition to the takeover movement and the reelection of Charles Stanley as SBC president... "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates USA - - - - 1985 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 142. "By 1985... the fragmentation of the SBC was indisputable. Moderates and fundamentalists were locked in head-to-head combat... After five years of struggle, 'there was no longer a middle to claim as the power base of the traditional convention leadership.' A new coalition took shape, mde up of people from diverse theological and regional orientations, who agreed that they would work together to oppose the fundamentalist takeover. This loosely organized coalition is the group that came to be called the 'moderates.' "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates USA - - - - 1990 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 4. "Since [1979] the convention has been divided into two opposing camps: fundamentalists who want to purge all vestigest of liberalism from the convention through control of boards of trustees, and moderates who oppose the fundamentalists' actions... Each group claims to represent the genuine Baptist tradition. "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates world - - - - 1999 *LINK* Lieblich, Julia (AP). "Southern Baptists urged to avoid 'touchy-feely' services " in Detroit News, 16 June 1999 (viewed online 6 Oct. 1999). "Patterson's speech received a generally warm response, though many moderate Baptists are not at this convention and attendance is around 11,000, short of expectations. Previous meetings have been filled with fighting between moderates and conservatives and marked by grand pronouncements, such as the 1997 Disney boycott. "
Southern Baptist Convention - moderates world 12,402,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "The Baptist Observer "; web page: "The Battle for Truth in the Southern Baptist Convention rages on " [information about book: The Godmakers: A Legacy of the SBC? by Bruce T. Gourley. (viewed 24 Oct. 1999) "...Nancy Ammerman's Battle for the Bible... concludes through extensive research that only 11% (a conservative estimate) to 33% (a liberal estimate) of Southern Baptists identify themselves as fundamentalists... On the other hand, anywhere from 67% to 89% percent identify themselves as non-fundamentalist and/or as not identifying with the fundamentalist leadership of the SBC. " [78% of 15.9 million total = 12,402,000]
Southern Baptist Convention - people who view Southern Baptists negatively USA - 12.50% - - 1975 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 91. "Data collected by a Gallup poll in the mid-1970s, for example, showed that positive feelings toward Southern Baptists in the public at large (omitting Southern Baptists themselves) outstripped negative feelings by a ratio of better than 7 to 1. And that was the lowest of any of the ratios reported... " [most disliked denomination]
Southern Baptist Convention - Texas Tradition USA - - - - 1990 Leonard, Bill J. God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co. (1990); pg. 36. "Historian Leon McBeth recently traced the development of what he termed the 'Texas Baptist Tradition' in the SBC. Expanding on Shurden and Loftis, McBeth insisted that the Texas Tradition began in the early 20th century and that B. H. Carroll (1843-1914), founder of Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, was its chief architect... McBeth distinguished between the southern and southwestern regions and the cultural impact that these two geographical areas had on the SBC itself. "
Southern Baptists of Texas Texas - - 183
units
- 1998 *LINK* web site: Baptist General Convention of Texas; web page: "Answers to Questions About Another Baptist State Convention in Texas " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); by BGCT Office of Communications, 11/23/98 "On November 10, 1998, messengers from 183 churches in Texas established another Baptist state convention. A majority of these churches indicated that they would be 'dually aligned,' that is, relate to both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the other convention. " [NOTE: Via email I asked this web site what the other convention is called. Patti Kriss responded that it is the "Southern Baptists of Texas "]
Southern Baptists of Texas Texas - - - - 1999 Delgado, Berta. "Conservative Baptists back amendment " in Dallas Morning News, 17 Nov. 1999; pg. 35A. "Meeting Tuesday for the second time in its young history, the conservative Southern Baptists of Texas Convention could not ignore recent action by the group it splintered from in 1997... the moderate Baptist General Convention of Texas... 'As a sixth-generation Texan, it's great to be with the real Texan Baptists,' said Dr. Richard Land, a member of the national committee... [and member of the Southern Baptists of Texas] "
Southern Episcopal Church USA 2,000 - 12
units
- 1973 Melton, J. Gordon. The Encyclopedia of American Religions, vol. 1. McGrath Publishing Co.: Wilmington, NC (1978); pg. 51. -


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