Southern Baptists are going to need a bigger tent

The Southern Baptist Convention was so famously insular for so long that it earned its own joke about members believing they’re the only ones in heaven.


The nation’s largest Protestant denomination was known more for what, and often who, it rejected than what it included — with political warriors in the SBC leadership often alienating other religious groups and particularly the racial minorities in them.


But over the past decade that began to change [. . .]


Gushee and others track the current shift back to the 2006 election of then-unknown Frank Page to the denomination’s presidency. Page represents a generation of Southern Baptist leadership less concerned with political victories and more impressed by leaders who are pastoral, plugged into the broader culture and manifesting biblical fruits of the spirit, Gushee said.

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