A Kinder, Gentler Conservatism
New Southern Baptist leader promises broader involvement.
by Ken Walker posted 06/28/2006 10:00 a.m.
The nation's largest Protestant denomination does not appear to be changing a 27-year-old conservative direction steered by powerful leaders. But the Southern Baptist Convention's new president is promising broader participation from the ranks of its 42,000 churches.
Frank Page won a surprise first-ballot victory over two better-known candidates at the SBC's annual meeting, held June 13 and 14 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"I'm not talking about broadening the tent theologically, simply numerically," said Page, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina. "There's a huge number of people who have been kind of kept out because they're not in a big enough church or whatever."
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posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/28/2006 03:08:00 PM