August 17, 2012
Poll: SBC Pastors "Concerned" Over Calvinism
New research shows growing influence of Calvinism not welcomed by all pastors.
Lifeway research has released findings from a new poll about the doctrinal views of Southern Baptist pastors. Here are some of the highlights:
-SBC pastors are nearly evenly divided between those identifying as Calvinist/Reformed and Arminian/Wesleyan.
-60 percent of pastors are "concerned about the impact of Calvinism in our convention."
-Younger pastors (18-44) are less likely to be concerned about Calvinism's influence than older pastors (55-65).
-16 percent identify themselves as "5-point Calvinists," up from 10 percent in a 2006 survey.
Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway, says the findings point to challenges ahead for the convention. "Most Baptists are not Calvinists, though many are, and most Baptists are not Arminians, though many are comfortable with that distinction. However, there is a sizeable minority that see themselves as Calvinist and holds to such doctrines, and a sizeable majority that is concerned about their presence. That points to challenging days to come."