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Study: Fewer young people attending SBC

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by preachinjesus, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    Feb 9, 2004
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    Posted on Jan 7, 2008 | by Mark Kelly
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A new study of attendance at Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings shows the percentage of messengers in the 18-39 age group steadily declining since 1980 -– the early days of the SBC's Conservative Resurgence -– and dropping sharply since 2004. The percentage of messengers in the 60-plus age group, however, has increased dramatically.

    Conducted by LifeWay Research, the study analyzed messenger registration survey data for every annual meeting since 1980 for three major age groups: 18-39, 40-59 and 60-plus.

    more at...http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27143

    All I can say to this is it gets the "duh!" prize of 2008. I have no desire to ever attend the Annual Convention (and I am well within the 20something demographic) for I see it to be a gianormous waste of time and money. Why go and be a poor steward of my conference dollars when I can attend other conferences and be challenged, refreshed, and given a true Kingdom vision.

    I'll always be a faithful supporter of the Cooperative Program because I believe it is genius. I can't say the same about the national convention.
  2. dan e.

    dan e. New Member

    Sep 26, 2006
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    I'll give a hearty ditto.
  3. USN2Pulpit

    USN2Pulpit New Member

    Mar 19, 2003
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    Me, too - as a bi-vocational with limited time off in my secular job, I will always pick the evangelism conference over a business meeting. I will pray that my brethren that attend the SBC make wise decisions.

    Local church business meetings take enough out of me already...