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  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens.

    Seven pastors leading the only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center through July 21.

    "It has been the worst year, and yet it has been the best year," Reginald Joseph, pastor of Cruz Bay Baptist Church on St. John, said at a July 17 networking event. "The hurricane [Maria] has done a number on us, but God has blessed us." Read More

  • NAAF's Byron Day: 'Rest assured that God delivers'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- God never fails to deliver on behalf of His faithful servants, Byron Day preached in his final sermon as president of a fellowship representing more than 3,500 African American Southern Baptist pastors.

    Day recommended to pastors Psalm 34 during his June 11 sermon at the 2018 annual banquet of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas. Read More

  • NAAF seeks to build bridges in racially charged U.S.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Relationships beneficial to the Kingdom continue to flow from the National African American Fellowship nearly 25 years after its 1994 founding, NAAF president Byron Day said in advance of the group's 2018 annual meeting June 10-11 in Dallas.

    "NAAF today continues to be a valuable resource to [Southern Baptist] African American churches and the convention at large," said Day, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel, Md. "NAAF seeks to be a bridge-builder among our racially diverse convention, particularly during this highly charged racial climate in America. Read More

  • NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churches

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- The 4,000-church strong National African American Fellowship (NAAF) announced new partnership initiatives at its June 12 business meeting to increase black church participation and leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Partnership initiatives with Southern Baptist mission boards, intended to strengthen churches while advancing the Great Commission, are at various stages of development, NAAF Executive Director Dennis Mitchell said during his annual report. Initiatives with non-SBC but like-minded ministries valuable in the African American community are also underway, Mitchell said. Read More

  • NAAF to join in pre-SBC pastors' conf., crusade

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (one year ago)

    The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) has suspended its June 11 worship service in Phoenix preceding the 2017 SBC annual meeting to allow members to attend the SBC Pastors' Conference and the Harvest America Crusade. Read More

  • NAAF pres. urges 'reconciliation' among Moore, critics

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    LAUREL, Md. (BP) -- The president of a network of some 4,000 predominantly African American Southern Baptist churches has issued an open letter urging reconciliation between Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and those threatening to withhold Cooperative Program money over his actions.

    Byron Day, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote in a March 9 letter that while "feathers have been ruffled on both sides," "obedience to the Bible's teaching can surely offer a solution so that we can get back to working together to share the good news of God's love, forgiveness, and gift of eternal life." Read More

  • N.Y. Baptist leader Samuel Simpson dies

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Samuel G. Simpson, a retired Southern Baptist leader and New York pastor known for a legacy of faith, vision and integrity, died Feb. 23 at his home in Bronx, New York. He was 83.

    Simpson served two terms as president of the Baptist Convention of New York, was the founding pastor of the Bronx Baptist Church and Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church, both in New York, and was a Home Mission Board (North American Mission Board) missionary. He was often called the "Bishop of the Bronx." Read More

  • NAAF prepares for Kingdom growth

    by Jim Burton, posted Monday, March 09, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- A challenge to holy living and "getting back to basics" highlighted the National African American Fellowship's (NAAF) Kingdom Symposium March 4 in Atlanta.

    "We've got to get back to the basics, living holy and clean, seeking first the Kingdom of God," NAAF President K. Marshall Williams challenged symposium attendees from Matthew 22:36-40. " Read More