Published June 28, 2012
Passage of the descriptor “Great Commission Baptists” also was momentous, although the vote total was closer than some had expected.
The proposal came via a recommendation from the Executive Committee, which had proposed it after a task force – appointed by Wright – studied whether to change the name of the convention. In the end, the task force recommended the convention keep its name but also adopt a descriptor, “Great Commission Baptists,” that can be used by any church. Usage is voluntary.
Messengers debated the descriptor for about a half-hour before approving it, 53-46 percent.
The task force said the descriptor would be beneficial to churches and church planters outside the South – some planters say the convention’s regional name is a barrier – as well as to ethnic churches whose members might view the name “Southern Baptist” negatively.
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