Southern Baptists lost 1,200-plus churches in 2022, researchers find

Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, makes an appeal to the Southern Baptist Convention, during an annual meeting held in New Orleans on June 13 to let his church, one of the largest in the nation, back into the denomination. The convention lost over 1,200 churches in 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Smith)
Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, makes an appeal to the Southern Baptist Convention, during an annual meeting held in New Orleans on June 13 to let his church, one of the largest in the nation, back into the denomination. The convention lost over 1,200 churches in 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Smith)

Note: This article was updated March 3 to correct the year Southern Baptist membership peaked.

The Southern Baptist Convention lost 1,253 congregations in 2022, the most recent year on record, its research arm announced Tuesday, continuing a yearslong contraction of the nation's largest Protestant group.

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