Young conservatives, bloggers help pick new SBC president

Agree on inerrancy and wish to consider new ideas
In an unusual three-way race for leadership of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, pastor Frank Page of South Carolina was elected in an upset as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, giving hope to many younger conservatives that the usual powerbrokers have suffered a setback.

The election of the 53-year-old pastor of First Baptist Church of Taylors—a 4,000-member church that contributes heavily to SBC mission agencies—is giving young leaders hope about their recent influence and their future involvement in the 16.2-million-member denomination.

Some in the fledgling Baptist blogging community—which has gained prominence in the last year—have felt there has been a narrowing focus on nonessential aspects of doctrine within Baptist ranks.

On the eve of this year’s annual meeting of Southern Baptists, Micah Fries said that as a 27-year-old pastor in St. Joseph, Missouri, he often feels left out of influential SBC events.

 

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