KELLER, Texas (RNS) — 'Pain is a part of the growth,' said the black pastor of a multiethnic Southern Baptist church in Utah.
(RNS) — As a new study shows that multiracial churches are on the rise, leaders of intercultural congregations say it takes perseverance to maintain diversity in their pulpits and their pews.
(RNS) The U.S. denomination alone is a United Nations of some 3.1 million faithful -- with a membership that is 41 percent nonwhite, up from 31 percent a decade ago.
RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (RNS) As the Southern Baptist Convention is poised to elect its first black president, the mostly African-American flock at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excited and astonished. "The denomination has come from 180 degrees,'' said Vernon T. Gaskins, 83. "I am quite shocked to see it but I’m glad to see it.'' By Adelle M. Banks.