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Sep 23, 2011

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selahV

"The largest Protestant denomination in the United States says it will explore a possible name change."??????

Since when? When did the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention say it will explore a possible name change? So tiring. Say it long enough and loud enough and soon the whole world will believe we are, which we aren't. This is ludicrous!

Bob Hadley

Peter,

Here is a thought; maybe this will get a record number of folks to the convention in New Orleans and something of real significance can take place!

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Liz

Has there been a study on these churches that take "Baptist" out of the name they've had for many decades? Do they get a big jump in numbers? Is there confusion, "Didn't you used to be...?" "Does that mean that you aren't...anymore?" "Who are you then?" What I have seen of these churches is that they no longer have an identity, or if they do, it becomes basically non-denominational-like.

Once a name has become a brand, why change it? If you changed Kleenix brand to another name, they would loose customers in the confusion. (Yes, I know that people are not customers for a church.) I do not want to be generic.

Changing the name is offensive to me. I am proud to be a Southern Baptist, proud of it's history, it's missions and it's evangelism. I am a Southern Baptist. That means that I believe the Bible in a certain way and promote missions together. We are the biggest, what more do they want?

When I think of the expense of changing logos, church signs, disaster relief patches and such, literature, church by-laws, all organizational papers and, oh, my! I can't fathom anyone would even consider it. Matthew 16:26 comes to mind.

LMalone

"Say it long enough and loud enough and soon the whole world will believe we are, which we aren't."

You just summarized the strategy. And it will work.

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