Southern Religion

The majority (wants new) rules

Les Puryear, a pastor who has championed the cause of small churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, has initiated a move to give those churches a louder voice in convention matters.

Puryear, who ran for SBC president two years ago, started a web site called “the SBC Majority Initiative.”

“Prior to the SBC Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, we will be announcing SBC Majority Initiative candidates for all major offices,” the web site says. “Also, we will be unveiling a motion which will be made in Orlando for a bylaw change which will effect greater representation of the SBC Majority on SBC entities boards.”

Puryear, who has previously questioned the wisdom of of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force emphasis church planting at the expense of existing churches, is pastor of Lewisville Baptist Church in North Carolina. Figures on the web site demonstrate the difficulty his movement faces.

The web site says SBC presidents come from churches with attendance in the top 1.4 percent, while 76 percent of trustees are from churches with attendance in the top 16.6 percent.

Clearly, the SBC rewards large churches. That’s not surprising in an organization that compiles its statistics in an “annual church profile” like last year’s showing a drop in membership. Perhaps, however, with signs pointing to denominational decline Southern Baptists will realize that higher numbers don’t necessarily equal God’s blessing.

If so, Puryear’s efforts might not be wasted.


April 12, 2010 - Posted by | SBC | ,

1 Comment

  1. I just received an up-date from Ronnie Floyd about the GCR in which he quotes 2Chron. 7-14 and asks us to urgently pray. The scripture says to turn from your evil ways then God will help. Fix it please so when a man takes a million dollars he at least gets his hand slapped. Get rid of everything being “secret” or autonomous so we have an idea of what the investments are doing like Lifeway( 100 retail stores) or the Printing business in Nashville. We’d like to pray with a little more confidence believeing that we’re doing our part then knowing God will do his.

    Comment by jack | April 13, 2010

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