NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In 1951, when two churches with African American members joined the Southern Baptist Convention, the SBC entered a new era of inclusiveness, leaders say. Since then, national, state, and local bodies of churches have reaped significant benefits in health and growth.
"Our African American colleagues enormously enrich the
The choir at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska, reflects the musical vibrancy that African American churches bring to the fellowship within the Southern Baptist Convention.
fellowship of Southern Baptist churches by the unique and wonderful gifts they bring to our work," said Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention since 1992. "We have been made a better convention by their involvement."
Jack Graham, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said, "More and more our congregations are looking like our communities, which include not only African American, but Hispanic, Asian and a multiplicity of ethnic groups.