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Friday, August 21, 2020

Black Southern Baptist Churches on the Rise


Recruitment efforts draw African American pastors to SBC missions efforts, though growth is slowing.
David Roach
Last year, pastor Charlie Dates led Progressive Baptist Church, a historic, black congregation on Chicago’s South Side, to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
The 100-year-old church is still part of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a mainline, African American denomination, and convincing his social justice-minded members to join the SBC was “one of the hardest lifts” of Dates’ 10-year pastorate, he said.
Dates is among several high-profile black ...

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