Recruitment efforts draw African American pastors to SBC missions efforts, though growth is slowing.
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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Black Southern Baptist Churches on the Rise