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  • NAAF links with Prison Fellowship to reach community

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Racial disparities within America's criminal justice system are spurring black Southern Baptist pastors to work more closely with the national evangelical Prison Fellowship ministry, a pastors' group told Baptist Press.

    The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention is dialoging with Prison Fellowship to study ways pastors can cooperate with the national prison ministry to better serve congregations, NAAF Executive Director Dennis Mitchell said. Read More

  • Resolution against 'alt-right' prompts NAAF statement

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    Calling the resolution denouncing "alt-right white supremacy" the Southern Baptist Convention's "strongest statement to date" condemning racism, the president of the SBC's fellowship of African American pastors offered to help churches and entities overcome the evil. Read More

  • NAAF exec. dir. embraces diverse body of churches

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- African Americans are uniquely positioned to effect societal change as members of the Southern Baptist Convention and should become fully involved in SBC life, newly hired National African American Fellowship Executive Director Dennis Mitchell told Baptist Press.

    While tasked with implementing the vision of NAAF president Byron Day and the executive board, Mitchell plans to work to sharpen NAAF's strategy in serving the more than 3,500 African American Southern Baptist churches, keep pertinent data updated and accessible, and effectively communicate among the churches that are diverse in their circumstances and struggles.

    "We have a phenomenal story," Mitchell said, "and a great opportunity to engage even more African American churches in NAAF. I believe that churches are like members of the body that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians when he says that God placed different members in the body.... Though they are different, they are all part of one body, and so they all bring something to the body." Read More

  • Radical obedience Williams' call in NAAF address

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST LOUIS (BP) -- Radical obedience, inexplicable unity and Scriptural correctness were the clarion calls in K. Marshall Williams' final presidential address to the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention preceding the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.

    Williams, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, employed the rhythmic and exhortative preaching style traditionally heard in African American pulpits across the country when he called preachers to be prophets of God instead of "pimps and puppets." Read More

  • 'Loving God by loving others' NAAF focus

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Promoting personal holiness, strengthening church ministry, and equipping pastors to navigate the Southern Baptist Convention are goals of the National African American Fellowship as it gathers June 11–13 in conjunction with the SBC Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Read More

  • 'Embedded racial inequity' described at NAAF

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kenecia S. Harris, Life Through Lens Photography.
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Three boys born to low-income U.S. veterans just after World War II began life with several things in common.

    They are similar in that they were born to two-parent families in rental or public housing, and their fathers all had high school diplomas, served in WWII and applied for low-interest home loans under the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (G.I. Bill). But their stories, LifeWay Christian Resources executive Mark Croston shared, unfolded differently. Read More

  • Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kenecia Harris, Life Through Lens Photography
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- A cross-cultural group of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders received spiritual edification and practical knowledge about racial reconciliation, politics and personal holiness at the National African American Fellowship's Kingdom Symposium in Memphis, Tenn.

    The March 2 meeting at Kingdom Center Ministries, the pastorate of Robert West, Sr., sought to encourage pastors and leaders in personal holiness and equip them to deal with contemporary issues from a Gospel perspective. Read More

  • Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- The number 10002648 is ingrained in the memory of Harold Dean Trulear. Whenever he preaches, he recites the number before stating his biblical text.

    "Because that was my number when I was incarcerated in George W. Hill Correctional Facility," Trulear often says in his outreach as national director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of Philadelphia. Read More

  • NAAF affirms 'living holy & clean in 2015'

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

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Christians can lead holy lives by the same power the Apostle Paul called on in his struggle between the flesh and the Spirit recorded in Romans 7, immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter told worshippers at a Philadelphia gathering of black Southern Baptist pastors and leaders.

    "The reason Southern Baptists … I am convinced that we can win ... 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