The editorial assumes that the SBC's decline is the result of its failure to reach out to a diverse ethnic population and faults the SBC for failing to commit resources to outreach.
Ed Setzer, director of the SBC's Lifeway Research, attributes the decline to an unwillingness to change, a lack of focus and a failure to find new leadership. Ironically, Setzer denies that loosening the stranglehold of fundamentalism would help the denomination catch its breath.
Robert Parham, editor of Ethics Daily, succinctly summarizes the dead weight that is slowly dragging the SBC under the currents of a globally changing environment. Here's a quote:
Positive growth requires that an authentic inclusivity must replace a rigid exclusivity for women in leadership. Civil ecumenical and meaningful interfaith engagement must supplant arrogant theological purity. A genuine commitment to nonpartisanship must be swapped for the claim that God's Only Party is the GOP.