The Christian Post website reports today (June 11, 2011) that the number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention fell in 2010 by 4.98 percent -- making it their lowest level in 60 years.
Southern Baptist churches reported 332,321 baptisms in 2010, down from 349,737 in 2009, as shown in the recently released Annual Church Profile compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
Total membership also declined by 0.15 percent from 2009, making it the fourth straight year of decline.
Pastor Ted Traylor -- from Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida -- lamented the numbers, saying, "This report should break the heart of every Southern Baptist... We need freshness. We need repentance. We need revival."