An analysis of the decadal growth patterns of the Baptist General Conference, their causes and implications
Harold L Christenson
The hypothesis of this study suggests that the continued collective dynamic ministry of the Baptist General Conference is dependent upon the recognition of the trends and forces that brought it to its present status and the enunciating of a strategy for continued growth based on that recognition. A detailed decadal statistical study of its largest 200 churches was made along with demographic and other cultural data to illustrate the trends that are presently acting upon its ministry. They are as follows: a general pattern of declining growth rates, increasing decay in its funding base, and a serious erosion of outreach ministries.