Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Page to SBC: Change or die

Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page had a sobering message for his fellow Southern Baptists: change or die.

Page said that unless the church changes its methodology more than half of the Southern Baptist churches will disappear in the near future. “If we don't start paying attention to the realities … by the year 2030, we will be proud to have 20,000 rather than 44,000 Southern Baptist churches.”

In order to avoid a decline Page recommends that the church reach out to ethnic minorities and young people. Page described the convention as consisting largely of “older white people holding on till they die.” [Nashville Tennessean, 6/1/08]