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Church profiles show declines

June 16, 2016

Southern Baptists may find cause for hope in the latest Annual Church Profile (ACP) report. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) added more churches in 2015, mostly because of church planting efforts. Churches also experienced an increase in total giving.  However, according to the ACP, compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with state conventions, other key measures declined. Those included membership, average worship attendance, baptisms and missions giving. The national trend also rings true in Alabama — more churches but fewer baptisms and members. A bright spot in the ACP data was the increase in churches. The number of churches affiliated with the SBC grew by 294 to 46,793, a 0.63 percent increase over 2014. This is the 17th year in a row...

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