Lifeway has just posted an article dealing with some of the more interesting issues surrounding Southern Baptist Life. Below is an excerpt from the article.
New research into several questions that often dominate Southern Baptist debates – from the rise of Calvinism and prevalence of elders in congregations to speaking in tongues and baptism practices – offers some hard numbers to inform those discussions.
LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, conducted the study in spring 2008 among a representative sample of 778 Southern Baptist pastors.
The issues in question – and the results uncovered by the survey, show that Southern Baptists have strong opinions in several areas.
Concern about Calvinism
LifeWay Research has previously reported a sharp rise in the number of self-identified five-point Calvinists among recent seminary graduates. In a related question, LifeWay Research asked Southern Baptist pastors if they were “concerned” about this increase, asking them to agree or disagree with the statement, “The rise of Calvinism among recent seminary graduates concerns me.”
Among Southern Baptist pastors, 27 percent strongly agreed and another 36 percent somewhat agreed with the statement indicating that they were “concerned.” Sixteen percent strongly disagreed with the statement and another 17 percent somewhat disagreed. The remaining 5 percent indicated they “don’t know.”
(HT: Ed Stetzer)