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African American pastor prepares to make history

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--What does a preacher say to the world's largest Protestant denomination? There are many things an African American preacher might say, given the opportunity to address a denomination perceived by many as having at best a tenuous track record in racial equality.

Nigerian is first missionary recipient of African Americans’ missions award

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–For the first time, a career missionary was named recipient of the award given annually by the African American church relations component of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. The 2000 Simmons Award was given to Isaac Durosinjesu Ayanrinola for his mission work and his contributions in raising missions awareness among Africans and […]

African American Fellowship president calls pastors to spiritual renewal

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–A Christlike compassion on the people who are like sheep without a shepherd was urged by the president of the African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention in a June 11 luncheon. Joseph W. Lyles of Fort Washington, Md., declared that to be effective witnesses Christians must be willing to “travel through […]

African American pastors take steps to increase participation in SBC

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Citing a need for increased awareness within the denomination about African American Southern Baptists, pastors attending the African American Fellowship pastors’ meeting proposed and adopted a series of action steps, including changing the time of their meeting, to facilitate their goal. In the meeting attended by about 50 pastors and facilitated by the […]

‘God will make a way out of no way,’ pastor tells African American Fellowship

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Members of the African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention began their celebration as “Partners in the Harvest” with a reminder that God keeps his promises. At a June 11 Sunday evening worship service at Tangelo Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla., fellowship members worshiped with Tangelo members as part of their annual meeting […]

Emmanuel McCall: SBC changes impact patterns of mentoring

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Nearly 60 African American denominational workers, spouses and supporters convened at the Renaissance Orlando Resort June 11 to hear words of encouragement on “Mentoring African American Denominational Servants in the 21st Century.” Emmanuel L. McCall, pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, College Park, Ga., recounted to the African American Denominational Servants Network a promise […]

Greenforest sees growth through the Sunday school

DECATUR, Ga. (BP)–When Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., called George McCalep as its pastor in 1980, he was new both to the pastorate and to the Southern Baptist Convention.But after 17 years of leading an SBC church, McCalep has made several discoveries — among them, the effectiveness of Sunday school as a tool […]

Multifaceted Greenforest shares principles, methods

DECATUR, Ga. (BP)–Lots of people have asked the pastor and members of Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., “How did you do it?”The Greenforest phenomenon, growing from a membership of 25 to 4,500 active members, has aroused the curiosity of many, including Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, and former […]