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  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conference

    July 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conference

    Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year’s gathering. “I came because my pastor and first lady came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned,” Littlejohn said.

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  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    July 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    Southern Baptist African-American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference. “To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries – that’s been a huge blessing and an encouragement,” Rice said.

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  • NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churches

    June 19 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churches

    The 4,000-church strong National African American Fellowship announced new partnership initiatives at its business meeting to increase black church participation and leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention. Partnership initiatives with Southern Baptist mission boards, intended to strengthen churches while advancing the Great Commission, are at various stages of development.

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  • Resolution against ‘alt right’ prompts NAAF statement

    June 16 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Resolution against ‘alt right’ prompts NAAF statement

    Calling the resolution denouncing “alt-right white supremacy” the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) “strongest statement to date” condemning racism, the president of the SBC’s fellowship of African American pastors offered to help churches and entities overcome the evil. Byron Day expressed hope that the resolution was only a first step.

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  • NAAF to join in pre-SBC pastors’ conference, crusade

    April 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF to join in pre-SBC pastors’ conference, crusade

    The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) has suspended its June 11 worship service in Phoenix preceding the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) 2017 Annual Meeting to allow members to attend the SBC Pastors’ Conference and the Harvest America Crusade. NAAF wants to encourage the leaders of small- and average-size churches scheduled to preach at the event.

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  • ‘Loving God by loving others’ NAAF focus

    April 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Loving God by loving others’ NAAF focus

    Promoting personal holiness, strengthening church ministry, and equipping pastors to navigate the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are goals of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) as it gathers June 11–13 in conjunction with the SBC Annual Meeting in St. Louis. NAAF will elect new officers at its business meeting June 13 ...

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  • ‘Embedded racial inequity’ described at NAAF

    March 15 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Embedded racial inequity’ described at NAAF

    At the National African American Fellowship’s spring symposium March 2 in Memphis, Tenn., LifeWay Christian Resources executive Mark Croston shared an example of what he termed “embedded racial inequity.” He went on to offer concise steps toward “Racial reconciliation and Beyond: Breaking the Barriers.”

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  • Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    March 11 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    A cross-cultural group of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders received spiritual edification and practical knowledge about racial reconciliation, politics and personal holiness at the National African American Fellowship’s Kingdom Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. The March 2 meeting at Kingdom Center Ministries sought to encourage pastors and leaders in personal holiness and ...

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  • Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    October 19 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    The number 10002648 is ingrained in the memory of Harold Dean Trulear. Whenever he preaches, he recites the number before starting. “Because that was my number when I was incarcerated in George W. Hill Correctional Facility,” Trulear often says in his outreach as national director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry ...

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  • No reconciliation without cross, NAAF guest says

    October 15 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    No reconciliation without cross, NAAF guest says

    Gus Roman, a longtime pastor and member of the predominantly black National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and David Waltz, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, addressed the issue of racial reconciliation at the Kingdom Symposium of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • NAAF affirms ‘living holy & clean in 2015’

    October 15 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF affirms ‘living holy & clean in 2015’

    Christians can lead holy lives by the same power the Apostle Paul called on in his struggle between the flesh and the Spirit recorded in Romans 7, immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter told worshippers at a Philadelphia gathering of black Southern Baptist pastors and leaders.

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  • ‘Lord break us … make us,’ NAAF leader prays

    June 22 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Lord break us … make us,’ NAAF leader prays

    Philadelphia pastor K. Marshall Williams cried out to God to mold Christians to stand as Christ’s ambassadors in these last days, as he closed his remarks with prayer during the National African American Fellowship annual banquet June 15 in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Revival, spiritual awakening NAAF aim

    April 27 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Revival, spiritual awakening NAAF aim

    Revival for the church and spiritual awakening for the U.S. culture are the focus of the National African American Fellowship as it holds its annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 14–15, according to NAAF President K. Marshall Williams Sr. The group encourages Christians to pray ...

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  • NAAF hires Jay Wells as exec. director

    June 12 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) named Elgia “Jay” Wells as executive director during its business meeting Monday (June 9), creating the paid position as one of several steps to make the group more responsive to its members.

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