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Southern Baptist Convention adopts measure to change name

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WBTV/AP) - Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination have endorsed an optional alternative name for the Southern Baptist Convention: Great Commission Baptists.

The measure still must go up for a vote at the annual convention in June, to be held in New Orleans.

According to Baptist Press, the task force recommended keeping the legal name "Southern Baptist Convention" but adopting a new, informal title for churches that wish to use it.

SBC President Bryant Wright formed a task force last fall to study the idea, saying he was concerned the name Southern Baptist was hindering the group's ability to reach new people for Christ.

One of the idea's most ardent opponents at that time supported the proposal at a Tuesday meeting of the SBC's executive committee.

Darrel Orman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Stuart, Fla., said he was relieved by the compromise that addresses the concerns of those who think "Southern Baptist" is a liability while still keeping the name.

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