Actually, the article cites many statistics about the Southern Baptist Convention--some numbers pointing upward (attendance at services, construction of new churches), others pointing downward (baptisms, church membership). Yet the net conclusion is that the SBC is no longer growing and may, in fact, be declining.
Incidentally, the current membership of the SBC is a staggering 16,266,920.
"Many have predicted that membership (an inflated statistic anyway) would soon begin to decline, but the statement, 'Southern Baptists are a declining denomination' was not 'officially' accurate.
"Until today," [LifeWay president Thom S. Rainer] said in his blog on Wednesday.
Hat tip: Christian Post