Southern Baptists buck trend, post most baptisms in 4 years
from The Tennessean via USA Today
Additional baptisms helped the Southern Baptist Convention -- the nation's largest Protestant denomination --post its highest number of baptisms in four years. Baptisms jumped by 7,539. Specifically, the baptisms jumped from 342,198 to 349,737 last year, reversing years of decline. Baptist leaders say the numbers show the convention's renewed focus on reaching nonbelievers is working. "We've tried to focus on getting outside the four walls of the church," said the Rev. Steve Freeman, pastor of Grace Baptist about 30 miles north of Nashville. "We're taking the Gospel to where the people are."
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