Small Churches Still Inequitably Represented on 2010 New SBC Board Members

The new SBC board nominees which were approved in Orlando last June still reflects the same old trend of inequitable representation for SBC majority churches.

Over all the boards of trustees, 63 new board members were nominated. Of these 63 new board members, the distribution by church size is as follows:

  • 16 (25%) of all new SBC trustees are from churches with less than 200 in Sunday morning worship.
  • 29 (46%) of all new SBC trustees are from churches with more than 199 and less than 1000 in Sunday morning worship.
  • 18 (29%) of all new SBC trustees are from churches with more than 999 in Sunday morning worship.
Another way to look at this is: 
  • 84% of the churches* have only 25% of all new SBC trustee positions.
  • 15% of the churches* have 49% of all new SBC trustee positions.
  • 1% of the churches* have 29% of all new SBC trustee positions.

Based on this data, the majority of the churches are still not equitably represented on SBC Boards of Trustees.

We didn’t expect the inequitable distribution to be resolved in one year, but these nominations continue the historic trend of inequitable representation. In spite of promises made in recent years by SBC leaders to get more small churches involved in SBC governing, nothing has changed.

History has demonstrated that these inequities will not resolved by our leaders voluntarily. That is why it is imperative that a bylaw change be made to our constitution for more equitable representation among the majority of churches in the SBC.

* Based on Primary Worship Service(s) Attendance in 2006 ACP, 84% of SBC churches have less than 200 in worship attendance, 15% of SBC churches have more than 200 and less than 1000 in worship attendance, and 1% of SBC churches have 1000 or more in worship attendance. For a detailed distribution of the data see this post.

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