African American SBC Workers Prepare for Lifeway’s Black Church Week In July

Eugene McCormack, president of the Black Denominational Servants Network, chats during a morning event June 9 at Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md.  Photo by Paul W. Lee.
Eugene McCormack, president of the Black Denominational Servants Network, chats during a morning event June 9 at Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md. Photo by Paul W. Lee.

Lifeway’s Black Church Week will provide the framework for the official business meeting of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network, members voted at a June 9 breakfast meeting in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore.

The election of officers and other business will take place during the network’s July 24 meeting at the Ridgecrest (N.C.) business meeting.

Black Church Week, held annually in July in Ridgecrest, draws a larger group of denominational workers who participate in the network, members said. While only eight denominational workers attended the 2013 breakfast preceding the SBC annual meeting in Houston, more than twice as many were present a month later in Ridgecrest.

Members cite a drop in employment of African American workers in the SBC as reducing the membership base of the network which encompasses black employees of SBC entities and state and local SBC conventions and associations. Currently, the network has nearly 35 participants.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler

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