Church-growth conferences with platforms featuring celebrity pollsters as experts on the ills of the SBC as well as prophetic authorities for the cure of the SBC have long voiced the mantra that Southern Baptists are a denominational dinosaur rapidly becoming extinct. We change or we die.
Will Hall, Executive Director, Baptist Press published his third of a four-part series on the Southern Baptist Convention and decline entitled "ANALYSIS: What do the numbers mean--is the SBC in decline?" (//link). He has raised the bar as far as I am concerned. And, no longer is it necessary to uncritically listen to pollsters' percentages thanks to Hall.
The common sense approach in Hall's articles is refreshing:
In order to develop an accurate meaning of a number, it's not enough to look at it in its raw state or to just subject it to a statistical test. It must be examined within the reference environment in order for it to make real sense. Unfortunately, too often conclusions are drawn before the critical questions are asked and answered....
In the end, Southern Baptists need to be wary of quick assessments and sound bite leadership. Instead they need carefully completed research that fully informs and equips them for making critical decisions."
Thanks again, Mr. Hall.
With that,I am...
Article I: ANALYSIS: God is Not Dead and Neither is Christianity in America (//link)
Article II: ANALYSIS: What do the Numbers Mean--is the SBC in decline? Part I (//link)
Article III: ANALYSIS: What do the Numbers Mean--is the SBC in decline? Part II (//link)
Article IV: ANALYSIS: Are Evangelicals Fractured & Losing Influence in the Public Square? (//link)