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VISION STAGE: Panelists highlight the SBC’s growing diversity

Leaders discuss diversity in the SBC in several panel discussions on the Vision Stage in the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting exhibit hall.

Korean Baptists gather for fellowship, business

NASHVILLE – The 973 Korean Southern Baptist churches in the United States unanimously passed one resolution at their annual fellowship meeting in mid-June. It was to tell the government of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) they oppose that nation’s efforts to pass an “equality act” that would in effect silence preaching on biblical marriage.

Ausberry to Black pastors: the SBC might be your Nineveh

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Black pastors contemplating withdrawing from the Southern Baptist Convention might be in a position similar to that of the prophet Jonah who despised Nineveh, pastor Marshal Ausberry said Monday (June 14) in his final sermon as president of a fellowship of more than 4,000 Black pastors.

Native Americans dance to a revived drum

NASHVILLE (BP) – The changing face of the Fellowship of Native American Christians, (FoNAC) a Southern Baptist group, reflects changes among descendants of the original human inhabitants of what today is the United States of America.

Filipino Fellowship sends out its first church planter

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America two years ago said they wanted to support Filipino church planters, and they sent out their first this January.

Hispanics celebrate God’s providence through 2020

NASHVILLE (BP) – Hispanic Baptists showed up by the hundreds to the Hispanic Celebration ahead of the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting Sunday (June 13).

SBC’s Asian American Collective holds first meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) – About 130 people from most of 27 Southern Baptists’ distinct Asian cultures met for the “Asian American Kickoff Gathering” Sunday (June 13) in a double-sized room at the Music City Center.

‘Count the faces’: SBC diversity on the rise

NASHVILLE (BP) – When messengers see more ethnic diversity on committees at this year’s SBC annual meeting, they shouldn’t be surprised. As a report by the convention’s Executive Committee puts it, such diversity long has been “the expressed desire of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

FIRST-PERSON: Race and ethnicity in Southern Baptist churches, 1990-2018

NASHVILLE (BP) – Last spring, I commissioned our Great Commission Relations and Mobilization Team to discover where we were in our Southern Baptist congregations by race and ethnicity from 1990-2018.

Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

(RNS) — Derwin Gray and his wife, Vicki, founded Transformation Church in Lancaster County, South Carolina, 10 years ago, with the goal of gathering a congregation that reflected the racial demographics of the public schools in the area just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina.