September gathering will focus on black church vitality
2/12/2003 News media contact: Linda Green ∑ (615) 742-5470 ∑ Nashville, Tenn
(UMNS) - The 20 U.S. churches acting as resource centers for black
United Methodist congregations will meet this fall to provide training
and workshops for selected partner congregations.
Event, set for Sept. 18-20 in Atlanta, will focus on covenant
relationships to enhance black churches. The congregational resource
centers of the denomination's Strengthening the Black Church for the
21st Century initiative, along with the partner congregations, will have
opportunities for building relationships, obtaining ministry resources,
and attending workshops and worship.
The agenda and workshops
will emphasize church vitality. The gathering is being designed "so that
every partner church that comes to this event will leave different from
when they entered the city of Atlanta," said Cheryl Stevenson,
executive director of the Strengthening the Black Church initiative.
Nearly 500 partner congregations are involved with the ministry.
the Black Church, begun by the 1996 General Conference, seeks to
strengthen black churches in the United States and to revitalize the
more than 2,500 African-American congregations in the denomination. Its
governing committee develops programs and strategies to help
predominantly black United Methodist congregations become more effective
in ministry. The initiative's work is done through a 20-member
coordinating committee, and representatives of the 14 churchwide
agencies serve as resource people.
The Great Event will be a
"spirit-filled experience that will change the way clergy and laity
think about doing ministry," Stevenson said.
initiative's work and efforts to strengthen and link black churches,
Stevenson challenged the committee to celebrate the initiative and Black
History Month - February - with hope and determination.
In addition to planning for the Great Event, the committee also:
¬∑ Reapproved St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church in Dallas as a congregational resource center.
Approved a conditional reinstatement of Hope United Methodist Church in
Southfield, Mich., as a congregational resource center.
¬∑ Received a
presentation from Cedric Foley of the United Methodist Publishing House
on the development of products that reflect African Americans and their
¬∑ Visited Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia, Ga.,
to show support for a Feb. 7-9 Strengthening the Black Church training
event for partner congregations from the Southeast.
¬∑ Continued working on plans for the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh.
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