If the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix we prognosticate to be approximately 5K is correct, how does this compare with former attendance? Let's take a look >>>
The last time we were in Phoenix, we had 7,077. However, that’s when Southern Baptists were so miserably dead, nothing short of an organized $250,000 task force could save Southern Baptists. We know this because our elite leaders told us we were dead and had to change or die even a second death. Revitalizing the convention only recently, the task force rallied all 40,000+ churches of Southern Baptists together around a Great Commission Resurgence. Young pastors would come to the convention, we were confidently assured, if we changed the convention to meet their tastes. Heck, even “official” dress codes now are being implemented from the top-down. You know. Sorta like most everything else is top-down around the SBC nowadays (Can anyone say the word, P-r-e-s-b-y-t-e-r-i-a-n?).
Even so, now that we are briskly alive from the fresh momentum we’ve gained from all the young pastors who decided to stick around Southern Baptists because we’re changing so much toward what they expect, one would think Phoenix would be busting with new convention-goers, especially those young, restless, and yes, '”reformed” heretofore convention-absentees who insisted we change or they’d say so-long.
So, what happened to the new day?
I mean, if Phoenix really does have a mere 5,000 or so, what will the low turn-out say about the much-needed youth infusion the SBC elite insisted would take place?
Not much, I’m afraid. "We waited too late" already rings in our ears from Nashville and Louisville.
I’m packing my bags while typing with my toes.
With that, I am…