Southern Baptists Consider Name Change

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The Southern Baptist Convention has announced it's considering changing its name.
    
The SBC, the nation's largest protestant denomination, has seen a drop in baptisms, church attendance, and membership in the past few years.

SBC President Bryant Wright said a new name would help the denomination grow outside of the South and Southwest.
    
"First, the convention's name is so regional," he said. "With our focus on church planting, it is challenging in many parts of the country to lead churches to want to be part of a convention with such a regional name."

"Second, a name change could position us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching North America for Jesus Christ in the 21st century," he added.

The Associated Press reports that any name change would require the approval of a majority of participants in two consecutive annual SBC meetings.

Several previous attempts to change the group's name have been unsuccessful.

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