An 11-year conflict between the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention reached the international stage in Spain. The Baptist World Alliance overwhelmingly voted to receive a committee report outlining conditions for the moderate CBF to be recommended next year for membership in the world body, despite opposition of delegates from the SBC, which funds about 20 percent of the BWA’s budget.
Morris Chapman, president of the SBC executive committee, labeled the committee’s decision a “swift and needless action” in a statement to Baptist Press. He said the SBC’s “valued relationship” with the BWA “may have been damaged beyond repair.”
The 290-member BWA General Council, in its annual meeting July 9-13 in Seville, represents more than 200 Baptist unions and conventions that include about 44.5 million baptized members in 193,000 churches. The SBC, one of BWA’s founding members, is the group’s largest member body with 16 million members.