SBC leaves alliance, may drop "Southern"

Plans for a new international network of conservative Christians
As “a network of churches that circle the planet,” the Southern Baptist Convention must consider changing its name to “reflect who we are and what we are doing nationally and internationally,” SBC President Jack Graham told the Executive Committee of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

At the same Nashville meeting in which the SBC leaders voted overwhelmingly to sever the denomination’s longtime membership in the Baptist World Alliance, Graham suggested on February 16 that it is time to take a name reflecting the SBC’s preeminence among conservative Christians.

“I have loved the Southern Baptist Convention and its name,” said Graham, pastor of the Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church. “But this name that I love and you love speaks of our region and doesn’t move us beyond to the great cities of the Northeast, to the West and the Midwest. It’s time to consider a new name that reflects our future.”

 

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