Monday, November 26, 2007

Building Bridges #1 Stetzer

Ed Stetzer talked about recent research from LifeWay and NAMB under the heading of "Calvinism and SBC Leadership and Evangelistic Implications." My take on Ed's report is that research indicates that the conservative resurgence is becoming a Calvinistic resurgence. As he put it, "It would be difficult to say that Calvinism is not a growing influence in the SBC."

The information he presented was very insightful. He will post his findings at his website later tonight. Check it out.

Here are some nuggets from his presentation:
  1. Five point Calvinists tend to share the gospel weekly slightly more than non-Calvinists.
  2. Non-Calvinists tend to pastor larger churches in terms of worship attendance than Calvinists.
  3. The baptism rate (number of baptisms:number of members) is virtually indistinguishable between Southern Baptist Calvinists and non-Calvinists.
Stetzers conclusion: None of us should be overly encouraged by these states. We are not doing a very good job engaging the lostness in America.

5 comments:

MLS said...

Shouldn't nugget #1 be the only one (of the three) that matters? The other two are God's business.

Arthur Sido said...

>>My take on Ed's report is that research indicates that the conservative resurgence is becoming a Calvinistic resurgence. As he put it, "It would be difficult to say that Calvinism is not a growing influence in the SBC."<<

I would say that it is inevitable that a deeper sense of the vital importance of God's Word can only lead inexorably to a resurgence in the Doctrines of Grace. Encourage people to read AND take seriously what God's Word says and it is amazing what happens!

Ed Stetzer said...

Tom,

The presentation is up on my blog (along with others I will post as we get them).

Thanks,

Ed

Brian Hamrick said...

Very interesting. I have many questions, though, about Dr. Dockery using Whitefield and Wesley as an example of building bridges. Yes, they were theological opposites in many ways, but Wesley really went after Whitefield's doctrine publicly, in such a way it caused a great disturbance in their friendship- at least this is what I recall from Dallimore. Someone smarter than me with a better memory should either correct me, or else let Dr. Dockery know this is not a good example, (at least what I can tell from the PowerPoint notes).

GeneMBridges said...

I have appointments Wednesday that would keep me away all day, but Tuesday I'm free. If I can get away, I may set sail to Ridgecrest just to drop in and see y'all for a bit and come on home. I live 2 hours away, in Winston-Salem, so I'm not far. Look for the lost looking bald Triablogger with only one ear on his left and an earlobe for his right. That'll be me. I've not made that drive in ages, and it would be remiss for me not to at least pop by for some fellowship. I left Nathan Finn a long iist of fallacies for his use. It'd be a good time to meet him and John Mark.

If i come down, I'll keep it low key though. Some of those Libertarians may not like me, given the excoriating I'm helping Bernabe give over on Tblog right now. ;)

Love to you all.

Gene