The Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, the annual “bible” of data and details on national church organizations, noted in its recently published 2006 edition a 1.05 percent decrease in membership for the Southern Baptist Convention, and it had conflicting numbers for the Mormon Church.
The Southern Baptist numbers are actually up a bit, and the Mormons continue to report growth—but not as high as one total published for 2004. (Because of deadlines for the 2006 yearbook—edited as a project of the National Council of Churches—the last year of statistics reported by most denominations was 2004.)
The Southern Baptist discrepancy was more sensitive because the figures seemed to show an unusual membership decline for the nation’s largest Protestant body. Southern Baptist officials said that in reality the SBC grew .385 percent in 2004.