This is quite a trip, growing up in one Southern Baptist culture, leaving for the northern plains, and returning many years later! So much has changed! Examples: Growing up, sbc churches had no sanctuaries. That implied a place to worship. Baptists (I will use the term shorthand for sbc although I KNOW all Baptists are not sbc. Just lazy typing.) had auditoriums where the Word was preached. We were expected to worship at least daily wherever we were. We had no altars. That implies a place of sacrifice, and we made no sacrifices. Jesus made the greatest and final sacrifice. Now the preacher speaks of the "sacrifice of praise" when we sing, and at the invitation tells us the altar is open. In the 50's in my neck of the woods that would have made him be considered "popish" and implied works based salvation. Our sign out front would never read "Worship at 11" or such. We had Sunday School for Bible study, Wednesday evening prayer meeting to pray (not study the Bible), Training Union to learn Baptist doctrine and customs and disciple new believers, and either "preaching" services or "evangelistic" services Sunday morning and night for the purpose of winning the lost. Yes, preachers often considered their calling "the equipping of the saints", hence SS and TU. THE JOB of the church and of Baptists was winning the lost. We weren't concerned with meeting "felt needs" or trying to make the world fit our morals. My high school speech teacher was also a Baptist preacher and he summed it up this way: He said Baptists did not need a bunch of rules and regulations or to try to manage everyone elses lives. Get'em saved and the Holy Spirit can be trusted to clean up their lives. We had no creeds. And everybody knew that when you bring a pecan pie to the church supper you: 1. Make it with dark karo syrup or ribbon cane. No white karo pies. 2. Bring the homemade vanilla ice cream to go on top of it. Whatever flavor of Baptist you are, what changes have you noticed most?