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Feb 21, 2012 13:14
Category: Religious News

Southern Baptist - Name

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A panel for the Southern Baptist
Convention has recommended that its leadership approve a new,
add-on description for the denomination - "Great Commission
Baptists" - but has stopped short of calling for a complete, legal
name change.
     Officials described the new term as a way to give an official,
sanctioned identity to affiliated churches and believers who don't
want to use the term "Southern."
     The Rev. Bryant Wright, president of the nation's largest
Protestant denomination, has said he is concerned that the
"Southern" name is too regional and hinders the evangelistic
faith's effort to expand beyond the South.
     The panel rejected a complete name change, citing the legal
costs and difficulties. They also noted the positive associations
many hold with the Southern Baptist name, such as with its
well-regarded disaster relief organization.
     While the 16 million member denomination continues to plant new
churches in the U.S. and around the world, it has seen a decline in
baptisms, church attendance and membership in recent years.