Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services,
and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy.
However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).
Long-standing patterns continued to dominate the ACP, which is compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.