The National African American Fellowship celebrated a variety of partnerships and efforts during its meeting June 13 in Anaheim, California.
One is an ongoing church planting initiative with the North American Mission Board.
“Our goal is to plant 10 to 12 African American churches in underserved communities across North America,” said Greg Perkins, lead pastor of the View Church in Menifee, California. “NAMB has really stepped up to the plate.”
Perkins called for churches to “come alongside us as we do this worthy work” and partner with church planters.
NAAF also celebrated:
- A continuing partnership with World Vision that is in its fourth year.
- A new structure for NAAF’s strategy that divides North America into six regions, each with a regional leader.
- The establishment of an ad hoc committee called the Council of Past Presidents to serve as advisors to the current president.
- Efforts to establish three new state African American fellowships.
- Increasing the NAAF relief fund for the Virgin Islands to $10,000 to help those devastated by a past hurricane.
- The upcoming Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, put on annually by Lifeway Christian Resources at no cost to pastors or their wives, set for July 18–22 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.
- More Black pastors joining the work of Oklahoma Baptists — from 21 in 2017 to 72 in 2022. To learn about the amount of diversity in each state convention, visit baptistresearch.com.
- In partnership with NAAF, IMB awarded five George Liele Scholarships last year to support efforts “to grow international missions knowledge and experiences among Black and African American Southern Baptist churches.”
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