Saturday, December 01, 2007

SBC Increase in Calvinist Pastors

In a November 27 article entitled, Study: Recent grads 3 times more likely to be Calvinists, Baptist Press reported a rise in Calvinist pastors among recent seminary graduates now serving in as pastors in SBC churches. The report asserted:

Nearly 30 percent of recent SBC seminary graduates now serving as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists, according to data presented during the opening session of a conference on Reformed theology and the Southern Baptist Convention.

By contrast in the SBC at large, the number of pastors who affirm the five points of Calvinism is around 10 percent, Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, said in reporting various findings by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board Center for Missional Research.

Such a rise bodes well for the Southern Baptist Convention, and one can only hope that this increase is also happening in other Baptist groups. And, of course, one hopes that the trend continues within the Evangelical community at large.


  1. Amen to this!

    The rise in Reformed theology within the SBC can only bode well for the future of our convention. I hope the SBC will embrace this, and look much more toward a God-centered salvation.


  2. Greetings:

    I am a student at Indiana Wesleyan University and have written a paper on women in ministry, and was wondering if you would like to read it and dialogue with me? and/or if you can refer me to a good Baptist blog that would like to read it and dialogue with me. Thanks. Let me know via my blogspot: or email:

  3. Elijah, I have responded to you via email. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your paper.