Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) declined for the 10th straight year, while baptisms dropped to the lowest level in 70 years, according to statistics released in advance of the 2017 SBC annual June 13-14 meeting in Phoenix, the Baptist News website reports today (June 13, 2017).
The latest LifeWay Christian Resources Annual Church Profile reports a combined membership of 47,272 churches at 15,216,978 for the church year in 2016.
That's a loss of 77,786 members from 2015, about half a percent. Between 2014 and 2015Southern Baptists lost 204,409 members and 236,467 the year before.
Today there are one million fewer Southern Baptists than there were a decade ago.