Baptist Split

Vote on Baptist split

A vote in Indianapolis today could result in a split between two major Baptist groups.  The Southern Baptist Convention is to decide at its annual gathering whether to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.  The Southern Baptists are America's largest Protestant denomination, with 16-point-three million members.  Its executive committee voted earlier this year to quit the world alliance, a loose association representing 46 million Baptists in more than 200 denominations.

Convention officials have complained the world alliance is leaning too far left, and has taken on an anti-American tone.  Thousands of its members are likely to endorse the pullout in today's vote.  A withdrawal would mean the alliance loses its largest member body and a third of its income.