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  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (6 months ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year's gathering.

    "I came because my pastor (Tarrance C. Floyd) and first lady (Jacqueline Floyd) came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned," Littlejohn told Baptist Press on the grounds of Ridgecrest Conference Center, the site of the annual event. "And they shared it with the congregation, and a group of eight of us came here, based on just what they said. We came and it's been everything and more thus far. I'm just excited and really learning a lot here." Read More

  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years.

    "To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries -- that's been a huge blessing and an encouragement," Rice told Baptist Press July 18 on the second day of the conference scheduled through July 21 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More

  • Black church conf. aids urban ministry, host says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Anyone involved in urban ministry can benefit from the annual Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17 -21 in Ridgecrest, N.C., organizer Mark Croston told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Beyond powerful,' woman says of black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (one year ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- When Dianne Gordon returned home from the 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, friends observed a difference in her appearance.

    "Everybody was telling me this morning, 'Dianne you're shining, you're glowing,' and I really do feel like that," Gordon told Baptist Press July 18. "I feel like 'wow.' I'm good."

    Baptized a year ago at Wake Eden Baptist Church in Bronx, N.Y., the 52-year-old Gordon works fulltime as a registered nurse. She lost her brother to murder two years ago in her native Jamaica and is in the middle of a divorce. She also is pursuing a doctorate in education and leadership at the University of Phoenix. Read More

  • 'No partiality,' Page assures black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page upheld God's impartiality during July 14 greetings to African Americans gathered at Ridgecrest, N.C., for a black church leadership conference.

    "I know, and you know, that we're in difficult days," Page said. "I know that you know there is much struggle in our land today, and we need to lift each other up."

    He shared revelations from his daily personal quiet time focused on Romans 2:11, ... Read More

  • God's 'rules of engagement' urged amid turmoil

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Appeals for pertinent action amid turmoil following the killings of two black men and five white policemen were issued July 12 during a conference designed to strengthen black churches and families.

    As more than 800 gathered at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C., leaders peppered sermons and seminars with advice drawn from Scripture.

    Using the conference theme of LEAD, an acronym for launch, engage and advance into destiny, speakers used the biblical story of Nehemiah as a framework to encourage constructive action approved and empowered by God and not defined by individual and personal agendas, nor limited by human strength. Read More

  • Leadership, family focus of black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- A concurrent spiritual retreat, leadership development week and a family vacation characterize the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C.

    Southern Baptists from across the U.S. will be encouraged to Launch, Engage and Advance into their Destiny, as is the conference theme, drawn from Nehemiah 4:14, said Mark Croston, national director of Black Church Partnerships for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More