Southern Baptist Convention

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thousands of southern Baptists, including some from Alabama are meeting in Louisville, Kentucky for their annual convention.

President, the Reverend Johnny Hunt says membership in the nation's largest protestant denomination is shrinking.  Hunt says they could lose half of their 15 million members by 2050 due to various factors including aging members.

They're using their annual meeting to help spread their message in Louisville.  "This time we had about 3,000 volunteers involved and we were able to minister to the community, have block parties, meet needs and just join together to say we're not just in here for a business meeting.  We're here to try to help Louisville," says Geoff Hammond, Southern Baptist Church.

The Southern Baptist President says the denomination's vision for the future should include more worldwide missions and increased efforts to attract minorities.

On Wednesday, the church is expected to vote on a resolution honoring the historical importance of the election of President Barack Obama.

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