The Southern Baptist, the largest Protestant denomination with headquarters in Nashville, will retain it’s name – kind of. “After months of speculation, a task force recommended that the Southern Baptist Convention retain its historic name. But the task force also recommended that local churches that don’t like the name Southern Baptist use the name Great Commission Baptists .” You can read the full article from the Tennessean by clicking here.
Like every other person outside of their group, I think the Southern Baptist should change their name for the obvious reasons. First, the “Southern” designation links the movement back to it’s pre-Civil War opposition to the abolition of slavery. In addition, the name “Southern” communicates a regional bias to the South that is contrary to the evangelical fervor of this movement.
I predict most people reaching people under age 60 will start using the term “Great Commission Baptist”, while churches orientated to an older congregation will stick to the “Southern Baptist” term.