A new name for Southern Baptists who want it

A Southern Baptist Convention committee has recommended the Nashville-based organization not formally change its name, something that has been considered regularly over the past century. But to give those Baptists uncomfortable with the "Southern" brand, the group is proposing that "Great Commission Baptists" be used instead. If adopted by the Convention's executive committee, the group's broader membership will vote on the change in June.

Changing the legal name, Draper said, would have been fraught with problems.

"We believe that the potential benefits of a legal name change do not outweigh the potential risks that would be involved in a legal name change," Draper said. "Changing the name of the convention would require a great cost in dollars and in energy, and would present huge challenges legally that create a multitude of issues. The value of a name change does not justify the risks involved.