Southern Baptists fall short of baptism goal

"Life-changing" results nevertheless
Southern Baptist churches fell significantly short in a campaign to baptize 1 million people and saw a slight drop in baptisms from 2005 to 2006, statistics show.

Baptisms in 2006 totaled 364,826, down 1.89 percent from the 2005 total of 371,850, according to the denomination’s Annual Church Profile.

Former Southern Baptist Convention president Bobby Welch led an “Everyone Can!” campaign seeking 1 million baptisms between October 2005 and October 2006. Specific figures for baptisms from all Southern Baptist churches during those dates are not available, since the denomination tallies baptisms on a calendar-year basis.


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