Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Denominations Reach Non-Compete Agreement

ATLANTA — Hoping to reverse on-going membership losses, several denominations have entered into a non-compete agreement that carves up certain U.S. cities into exclusive evangelism areas.

"We all need breathing room to build our congregations back up," says a Southern Baptist Convention representative who was at the negotiations. "Instead of competing head to head now we can plow our own fields."


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7 comments:

BruceA said...

See, this is why the United Methodist Church is in so much trouble. Why didn't we get in on this agreement? I think we could probably grab some of the Assemblies of God territory; it looks like they have more than they need.

The Ironic Catholic said...

This is really funny--thanks.

Rev. Jeremy Smith said...

I think all they are doing is opening up a market for poachers and mercenaries-for-hire to do the dirty work of evangelism across the lines.

I, for one, am for hire.

John said...

Me, too. To the highest bidder.

Brett said...

I'd be a great secret agent. I am fluent in Southern Baptist, Methodist, and a little Presbyterian. However, I sometimes forget what denomination I work for. Guess that makes me dangerous.

larry said...

Loved the line in the full article about the Presby's dividing up Boston into "influence zones. . ." instead of evangelism zones! Would most UMs talk evangelism or influence?

John said...

Or prestige, Larry?