Churches Drop 'Baptist' Label "One of the city's oldest churches has a new name, reflecting a local trend of moving away from denominational titles in the evangelical movement. The 188-year-old First Baptist Church, one of the first churches built in Concord, was renamed Centerpoint Church earlier this month. According to the Rev. David Spencer, the change was designed to distance the church from some of the negative connotations of the word "Baptist." "People tend to think of Baptists as very narrow-minded, sometimes mean-spirited and self-righteous," he said. "That's not who we are at all." By its most basic definition, a Baptist is a Protestant who practices baptism by immersion following a confession of faith in Jesus Christ. But there are at least 50 distinct groups within the denomination with views ranging from conservative to fairly moderate, and since Baptist churches traditionally are autonomous, great variety exists within each group."... Couple questions to ponder/discuss: Is the word 'Baptist' really so offensive to church leadership that Baptists would be inclined to move away from the title? Is this just a NH thing or have you seen evidence of this in other areas? Will only but a very few Baptists remain when the rest have compromised to the world to conform to the world? It is my understanding that Baptists are Baptists and protestants are protestants. Would any agree that the AP's "most basic definition of Baptists" to be grossly inaccurate?