The Black Church Matters: There is Hope for the Black Church
By Patricia Peña
We invite you to join Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie, Rev. Dr. Adrienne Zachery, and Rev. Kevin Kosh in a webinar conversation about the importance of the Black church: “The Black Church Matters.” Guest speakers share their experiences from the perspective of community engagement, advocacy, and work with young adults in HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities).
In times of disruption, the opportunity for creativity and change rises. We offer this webinar conversation not from a place of despair but of hope—a place of resilience, understanding that ordinary people in the hands of a powerful God do mighty things in God's name. It is time that we see the Black church as vital for the life of our denomination.
During the conversation, we explore the current state of the Black church and the importance of the Black church. We share some challenges, including mental health, financial, and connectional, but we do not stay there. We share powerful testimonies and pockets of hope in advocacy, community engagement, and work with future generations. We observe present realities from the lenses of hope and opportunity.
This conversation will note the importance of innovating and investing in the Black church by empowering, equipping, and deploying new leaders for the work ahead. Investing in the Black church today not only strengthens our Black churches and communities today but also ensures the well-being of future generations. We need to continue informing and investing so that we may continue to inspire a generation of people who will strengthen the Black church.
Watch the video archive of this webinar below:
"The Black church is and has been the epicenter for social, political, and spiritual transformation" – Dr. Michael Bowie.
"The Black church must reclaim its prophetic voice. The Black church must take the anointing and the authority in the places that we are called to live, serve, and worship." – Dr. Adrienne Zachery
"When I ask HBCU students about faith, they said that faith should happen on three levels: personal, communal, and institutional levels." – Kevin Kosh
SBC21 and Path 1 have a working covenant to create resources for SBC21 and to equip leaders for the work ahead. Follow the work of SBC21 at sbc21.org.
Patricia Peña is the Director, Diversity & Innovative Community Engagement, with Path 1 at Discipleship Ministries.