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  • Churches looking 'more like their neighborhoods'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More American churches are multiracial, but still less so than the neighborhoods surrounding them, a new study shows.

    A Baylor University study, released June 20, found the percentage of multiracial congregations in the United States nearly doubled.

    From 1998 to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, multiracial churches grew from 6 percent to 12 percent of all U.S. congregations, according to the report. Multiracial congregations are places of worship in which less than 80 percent of the congregants are of the same race or ethnicity. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: African American businessman voted SBTS officer

    by Aaron Cline Hanbury & Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Emil Handke/SBTS
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected their first African American officer in the school's 159-year history by a unanimous vote during their April 16 meeting.

    The election of Alan "Keith" Daniels, a businessman from Texas and member of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church (SBC) in Irving, as board secretary is "another necessary step in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention demonstrating at every level of denominational leadership the diversity to which we are called," said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. Read More

  • Newbell helps children put diversity in Gospel focus

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Trillia Newbell required only one experience from teaching a Sunday school class to be convinced she should write a children's book about God's view of diversity.

    She had taught a children's class on "the image of God and racial harmony" about a year before, Newbell told Baptist Press Tuesday (Sept. 26) in an email interview. "It was such a joy for me to watch the kids think through what it meant to be equally created by God to reflect His image, that God ... Read More

  • WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Lonnie Wilkey
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.

    Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

    "Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.

    In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More

  • 'Mirror image' of Christ in Fla. church's racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Marcellus Marsh
    ORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) -- Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to Palm Coast, Fla., in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled with strong biblical preaching.

    Based on recommendations from respected pastors, the white professional couple in their mid-50s visited the Orange Park campus of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church some 70 miles away. Read More

  • No reconciliation without cross, NAAF guest says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Gus Roman, pastor emeritus of Canaan Baptist Church in Philadelphia, looked at Southern Baptist executive David Waltz and said aloud, "You remind me of that fellow who kicked me in my stomach."

    Roman, 82 and black, grew up in Louisiana during the Jim Crow South; Waltz, white, grew up a pastor's son in the Pittsburg suburb of Mount Lebanon. Read More

  • Committees report giving, diversity of members

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (3 years ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- The SBC Committee on Nominations for the coming year has the most diversity in its history, Committee on Committees chairman Bryan Smith reported at the SBC annual meeting June 16. Read More

  • Diversity still needed, SBC leaders say

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Alli Rader
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's progress in racial reconciliation will fall short of what is needed if it is measured by the one-time election of an African-American president, speakers said at a leadership summit. Read More

  • S. Bapt. Hispanic Leadership Network planned

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler/BP
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hispanics are strengthening their unity and cooperation within the Southern Baptist Convention by forming a leadership network set to launch at the 2015 SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

    SBC Executive Committee Hispanic Relations Consultant Bob Sena announced the network in cooperation with Luis Lopez, director of LifeWay Espanol church resources, at a December 2 dinner meeting in Nashville attended by 65 leaders, including SBC Executive Committee CEO Frank S. Page and Hispanics from 23 Baptist state conventions. Read More

  • Nev. Baptists elect first black president

    by Staff, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RENO, Nev. (BP) -- The Nevada Baptist Convention at its 2014 annual meeting elected its first African American president, Nellis Baptist Church pastor Greg Fields of Las Vegas. Read More