By Carol Pipes
However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance, and total giving, according to the ACP compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
The number of churches cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention grew by 479 to 47,272, a 1 percent increase over 2015. The number of Southern Baptist churches has increased in the last 18 years. Southern Baptist churches also reported 4,492 church-type missions last year. [Read more…]