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  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (yesterday)

    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 (7 days 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Churches that 'blossom & thrive'

    by Gabriel C. Stovall, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (one month ago)

    Regardless of their ethnic makeup, churches can "blossom and thrive," Gabriel Stovall writes, through "intentional concerted efforts to look more like the communities we're planted in." Read More

  • Anglos, Koreans, Hispanics gather through Open Door

    by Arkansas Baptist News, posted Friday, May 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

    ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- What might be described as "a little taste of heaven on earth" happens every Sunday for Anglos, Koreans and Hispanics at Open Door Baptist Church.

    There, the church's Anglo congregation worships at the same time as Open Door Korean Baptist Church while Iglesia Bautista Oikos holds its Sunday School followed by worship. Read More

  • Persecution readied him for South Sudanese church

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (3 months ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS (BP) -- When Philip Nache was growing up in Nigeria, the young Christian had plenty of friends among the majority Muslim population in his hometown.

    "Boko Haram wasn't there yet," he said of the militant Islamist group that has ravaged the central African country in recent years. "Most of my friends were Muslims. They would come to our house to sleep. We had that family relationship." Read More

  • AVANCE 2017 to hear IMB's Edgar Aponte

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Mobilization will be the focus of the Hispanic Advance Challenge -- AVANCE 2017 -- on Monday, June 12, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Southeastern offers minority mission trip assistance

    by Harper McKay, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (3 months ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern have launched a Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative to encourage minorities to become more involved in Great Commission work around the world.

    As a partnership between Southeastern's Kingdom Diversity Initiative and its Center for Great Commission Studies, the new program offers minority students financial assistance for Southeastern mission trips along with help in preparing to go, such as raising funds and obtaining a passport. When students return from their trip, the ... Read More

  • SBC's ethnic diversity leaves EC 'grateful to God'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (5 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A review of ethnic participation in Southern Baptist Convention life left a workgroup of the convention's Executive Committee encouraged at the SBC's progress and eager for increased diversity in the days ahead.

    Reports submitted to the EC "show intentionality on the part of each one of our entities to provide resources and opportunities for involvement of our ethnic churches and church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention," Jim Gregory, chairman of the EC's Communications Workgroup, told Baptist Press. "I think we've made some very good strides because of our intentionality." Read More

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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (5 months 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