Starting Sunday, September 25, 2011, the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is officially inviting African American men back to church. NBCI is working to make sure 10 million black males return to church over the next 10 years.
NBCI’s press release noted national partnerships with major black religious leaders and denominations in response to the serious issues facing African American men, including rising levels of incarceration, drug use and unwed fatherhood.
Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, “NBCI has no other greater mission than to re-establish God’s order – the first step being to call our men back to church. We are committed to devoting a half a million dollars and a million hours of evangelism to get black men back into our pews. There is something missing from the heart of the black church – the presence of our black brothers will heal hearts, minds and families.”
This Sunday marks the national kick off for the big invite back. Cities across the country will follow the national kick off by hosting kick-offs in their respective cities. NBCI reports an overwhelming response from over one thousand churches to partner in this effort. In preparation churches across the country have organized teams of 10 or more African American males to serve as evangelistic arms of the church to spread the word and invite black men back to church.
Materials to facilitate the efforts are available to further enable churches to spread the word to their communities to make sure Black men know they are welcome in the church.
NBCI is also developing ministries to engage and equip black men to establish or reestablish a relationship with God through Christ.
“Our focus is to open our doors, arms and hearts to understand the complex sociological and psychological factors that prohibit African American men from being consistent churchgoers, better fathers, less abusive spouses and better members of society. As a religious leader in the African American community for the past twenty years, we take our position as a moral authority very seriously. NBCI believes that the first step for our African American brothers is to return to church – atoning for their sins and reestablishing their relationship with God through Christ. Over the next ten years we will develop comprehensive ministries to sustain this initiative and commit African American men to the path of righteousness. We invite you to encourage our African American men to join us as we reunite as a whole on Sunday, September 25th, 2011.” – the NBCI Press Release
The National Black Church Initiative is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical
wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public.