BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- Moderate Southern Baptists in Missouri are the latest group to break away from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.
About 350 Missouri Baptists announced April 20 that they would form an alternative to the Missouri Baptist Convention. The new moderate organization will be called the Baptist General Convention of Missouri.
''It's going to be a convention for people who don't want to fight anymore,'' said Randy Fullerton, pastor of Fee Fee Baptist Church in Bridgeton, who presided over the meeting.
Moderate Baptists in several states have been forming alternative fellowships, reacting to the denomination's conservative shift in recent years.
Despite the rifts, the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, says it grew even bigger last year, adding 92,612 followers for a total membership of 16,052,920.
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