Nearly 30 percent of recent SBC seminary graduates now serving as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists, according to data presented during the opening session of a conference on Reformed theology and the Southern Baptist Convention.By contrast in the SBC at large, the number of pastors who affirm the five points of Calvinism is around 10 percent, Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, said in reporting various findings by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board Center for Missional Research.
In a November 27 article entitled, Study: Recent grads 3 times more likely to be Calvinists, Baptist Press reported a rise in Calvinist pastors among recent seminary graduates now serving in as pastors in SBC churches. The report asserted:
Such a rise bodes well for the Southern Baptist Convention, and one can only hope that this increase is also happening in other Baptist groups. And, of course, one hopes that the trend continues within the Evangelical community at large.