2016 SBC Annual Meeting: African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American Fellowships All Set

‘Loving God by loving others’ NAAF focus


Promoting personal holiness, strengthening church ministry, and equipping pastors to navigate the Southern Baptist Convention are goals of the National African American Fellowship as it gathers June 11–13 in conjunction with the SBC Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Praying, fasting and obeying God, while seeking “implicit and inexplicable love and unity in the church will hopefully bring revival” and a national spiritual awakening, NAAF President K. Marshall Williams told Baptist Press.

“We are calling for a Greatest Commandment revival,” Williams said, to impact the church and culture by modeling love and unity in the church that will encourage national revival and spiritual awakening.

“My prayer for every God-called pastor, preacher-prophet and person in the pew,” Williams said, “is to personally and passionately pursue transparency with the Prince of Peace, in repentance for renewal, that will equip and encourage us to be ocular demonstrations and pictorial illustrations of incarnational truth, manifesting the power of God in a unified prophetic voice as Kingdom citizens of all ethnicities.”

“Loving God by loving others,” based on Micah 6:8, Matthew 22:37-40, and 1 John 3:14, is the annual meeting theme of the leaders from the 3,500–4,000 Southern Baptist African American churches and church-like missions.

NAAF will continue its mission to strengthen church ministry by hosting conferences and kingdom symposiums, and will pursue a “united prophetic voice in the body of Christ in policy and practicum,” Williams said. Read more

AVANCE among key Hispanic gatherings in St. Louis

The increasing scope of Hispanic involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention will be evident during the weekend leading up to the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.

Progress, for example, on the SBC Hispanic Leaders and Pastors Network, initiated in December 2014, will be frequently referenced, including the launch of its multifaceted website. Read More

Asian-American Baptists launching new fellowship

Asian Americans are launching a national fellowship coordinating the work of the eight Asian groups of the Southern Baptist Convention to advance the Great Commission, said Paul Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the SBC Executive Committee.

Kim will launch the Asian American National Fellowship (AANF) at a dinner June 12 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. in Room 224 of America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza in St. Louis, in conjunction with the June 14-15 SBC annual meeting. Read More

Chinese pastors set St. Louis fellowship event

Chinese Southern Baptist pastors and leaders will host a dinner and fellowship in St. Louis in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in June, but will conduct its business at its biennial meeting this fall in Vancouver, B.C. Read More

Korean Council set for 35th annual meeting

The 35th annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America has been set for June 20-23 at Tacoma First Baptist Church in Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma First is a Korean congregation and the largest Southern Baptist church in the Northwest Baptist Convention of Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho. Read More

Filipinos to report on church planting progress

The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America is on pace to fulfill its goal of planting 100 new churches in North America by 2020. Read More

Native American Baptists: A lot to celebrate

God is moving among Native Americans and within the Fellowship of Native American Christians, say leaders of the group. Read More

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