Religion: Booming Baptists

The American (Northern) Baptists are establishing new churches at the rate of one every seven days. This note of boom set the tone for the American Baptists' 46th annual convention last week, as 3,311 delegates and 5,841 visitors gathered in Denver's Municipal Auditorium to hear the good word about their 1,550,000-member denomination.

There were good words in abundance. Convention President John Dawson, a Chicago investment broker, announced that for the first time in seven years the convention had raised more (by $250,000) than the amount of its budget ($6,800,000). American Baptists, the delegates heard, gave 9% more in church contributions last year...

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