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  • History needed telling, SBTS grads & NAAF say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (14 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Slavery and racism once supported by the Southern Baptist Convention's oldest seminary needed to be documented for history's sake, black alumni and a representative of nearly 4,000 black pastors told Baptist Press.

    In this month annually dedicated to black history, the leaders are lauding Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. for initiating the report dating to the racism and slave ownership of SBTS founding fathers. Read More

  • Native Americans expand missions engagement

    by Don Graham, posted Thursday, October 24, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Nick Layman/Genesis Photo
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As Native American Baptists are playing a greater role in sending missionaries to evangelize the world's native peoples, the International Mission Board is helping train those missionaries for maximum effectiveness. Read More

  • Rainbow of refugees sheltered in her home

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (5 years ago)

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    WILLINGBORO, N.J. (BP) -- Gerard Pierre named his second son Max in honor of Maxine Robinson, the woman who gave him refuge from Haiti 20 years ago in her home and encouraged him as if he were her son. Read More

  • Black church plants grow, research shows

    by Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, September 04, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A steady increase in attendance has been the overall trend among African American churches planted prior to 2012, LifeWay Research learned from "the first research project of its size and scope," as researchers described it, "to measure characteristics distinctive to the African American context." Read More

  • Biblical worldview pertinent to D.C. march

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ministry leader Chris McNairy's biblical worldview drew him to Washington today (Aug. 28) to participate in the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, expected to draw tens of thousands. Read More

  • Unique doors open to black missionaries overseas

    by Susan O'Hara, posted Monday, August 05, 2013 (5 years ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- College junior Lauren Dugas had never met an African American missionary prior to this year's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference. Neither had many of the other 900 men, women and children from predominantly black Southern Baptist churches who spent the week at LifeWay's Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center.

    Don't let it take you to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention to go to the mission field.

    -- Fred Luter

    Of the 4,900 Southern Baptist workers serving overseas through the International Mission Board, only 26 are black; eight of them were on hand for the week's events July 22-26, encouraging others to engage in international missions. The theme for this year's conference was "Leave all, follow fully, make disciples."

    At the conclusion of IMB's July 24 presentation, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter described how he met his first African American missionary at the conference years before. David Cornelius, a retired IMB missionary and staff member, had urged Luter to visit the mission field. But Luter never did, believing he was too busy.

    After his election as SBC president, part of Luter's role included going on an international trip. He spent two weeks in Africa.

    "It was one of the most rewarding times in my life," he said. "I regretted, pastors, that I didn't do this a lot sooner.... So let me challenge you: Don't let it take you to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention to go to the mission field.

    "Ask God right now, 'God, put upon my heart and upon the heart of my church a passion to go onto the highways and byways of life.' Pastors, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few," Luter said. "Let's take up the commandment and the commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let's make disciples."

    Raising the number

    Dugas sat in the audience and listened to various presentations as she flipped through a booklet about IMB.

    A student at Louisiana College in Pineville, La., Dugas knows God has called her to the international mission field. As a child, she was even dubbed "little missionary" by one of the men in her church.

    Her mother Tammy also attended the event, becoming more comfortable with the idea of her daughter serving overseas as the week progressed. She said meeting African American missionaries and attending breakout sessions was helpful.

    "I believe it's preparing me for what I believe God is doing in my daughter," she said.

    When Dugas arrived at Ridgecrest, she was surprised that so much of the conference revolved around missions.

    At an exhibit for Black Missions Link, a website of resources for African American pastors and their churches, Dugas spoke with several IMB workers ... Read More

  • Black missionary changing view of Christianity

    by Susan O'Hara, posted Monday, August 05, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Amanda Smith/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Jerry Bates* attracts a lot of attention in Central Asia. As an American, he doesn't quite fit in. As a Christian who is African American, he topples the worldview of many of the Muslims he meets. Read More

  • Ethnic ministry tracks popular at Send gathering

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, August 05, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Susan Whitley/NAMB
    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- More than 35 percent of the registrants at the 2013 Send North America Conference signed up for one of five ethnic ministry tracks.

    The final tally of registrants included 1,526 participants for the ethnic tracks ... Read More

  • Ethnic congregations up 66% for Southern Baptists since '98

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (6 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The number of non-Anglo congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention has jumped by more than 66 percent since 1998, according to the North American Mission Board's Center for Missional Research.

    Just over 10,000 congregations (10,049) of 50,768 congregations in the convention identified themselves by an ethnicity other than Anglo in 2011, the most recent year for which detailed data on ethnicity is available from LifeWay Christian Resources' Annual Church Profile database.

    In 1998, non-Anglo congregations totaled 6,044.

    "It's clear that Southern Baptists have been multi-ethnic and are becoming an even more multi-ethnic convention of churches," said Joseph Lee, senior pastor of Connexion Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., a mostly Korean Southern Baptist congregation. "The trend is gaining speed week by week. For example, the ethnic churches grew from zero to more than half of the total number of churches in our county in the past 10 years."

    The diversification of the convention comes at a time when the United States as a whole is growing more diverse. USA Today, for example, has reported that the number of all-white communities in the country has plummeted since 1980, according to an analysis of census data by Penn State University's Population Research Institute. Less than a third of U.S. counties are 90 percent Caucasian.

    The largest jump in non-Anglo congregations within the SBC from 1998 to 2011 has predominantly come from an 82.7 percent increase in the number of African American congregations.

    For Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and the first-ever African American president of the SBC, the diversification of Southern Baptists has become very personal.

    "I remember at one time I was the only [African American pastor] in my city who was Southern Baptist," Luter said. "I caught a lot of flack as a result of that. Thank God I'm able to see some of the fruit of my labor -- not only at my particular church but in the associations and conventions across the country."

    Hispanic congregations also have seen a significant increase over the same span -- nearly 63 percent. The number of Asian congregations affiliated with the SBC has grown by 55 percent.

    Because of the nature of Annual Church Profile (ACP) statistics, it's impossible to know the diversity of individuals within the SBC -- only the diversity of congregations. Read More

  • Black church leaders explore missions

    by Jane Middleton & Don Graham, posted Friday, August 03, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Photo by Jessica Hibbard
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Standing before a room of African American church leaders in Ridgecrest, N.C., Jonathan Marshall* cleared his throat and began his pitch: "My topic is 'Young Black Men in Missions,'" the 26-year-old IMB missionary said with a grin, "but I'm the only one, so I'm going to talk about myself." Read More