ReImagine, RePurpose, ReVitalize.

Strengthening the
Black Church

We strengthen congregations to transform communities through leadership development, discipleship-making systems, revitalization and real-time social justice ministry..

What is SBC21?


We envision all churches to become healthy, vital, relevant, and fruitful ministries led by strong and competent leaders. 

We envision the Black church to be equipped, prepared and unapologetic in building the beloved kingdom of God on earth and resisting any form of evil and injustice anywhere.


To transform and sustain vital Black congregations and Black Pastors including those in cross racial appointments

Making disciples of Jesus Christ to serve and heal a hurting world.


We offer cutting-edge resources and transformational learning models to empower conferences, congregations, and communities to share gifts of vitality to enhance church growth and development. 

We develop our lay and clergy leaders with new skills; engage in ministry with the poor; to decrease mass incarceration; to effectively identify, support and mentor young adult Black clergy.

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Black UMC Congregations
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Pastors & Speakers
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Client Satisfaction
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On Board

If there were ever a sense of urgency for the African American Church, it is now.

I look forward to partnering with you to offer transformative ministry that will engage and meet the needs of churches, annual conferences and our collaborative partners to bring about more relevant, sustainable and vibrant faith communities.

This is a HUGE assignment and I invite your prayers, input and service as we together strengthen black churches in the UMC. 

Dr. Mike Bowie

What they're saying...

Congregations partnering and increasing gifts in mission and ministry.
"Participating in the conferences, training and resource offerings with the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century has been inspiring and transforming for me as a leader. Attending the National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration and the continued exposure that the SBC21 Office of Social Change, Transformation and Engagement offers has been the catalyst I needed as a pastor and that my church leaders needed to believe that we could be a vital congregation regardless of the size of our church."
- Rev. Adrienne Zackery
Lead Pastor, Crossroads UMC, Compton, CA
"My pastoral vision and accomplishments are due, in part, to my transformative experience in the Academy of Interns Program. From exposure to creative ministry settings, expansion of professional networks, careful and diligent mentors, and theological formation through AOI, I am a more thoughtful, pragmatic and creative pastor. I constantly lean into those experiences and am amazed at the fruit it always bears."
- Pastor Bryant Phelps
United Methodist Church of the Disciples, DeSoto, TX

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” –  1 Corinthians 13:7- 8

ReIMAGINE. ReVitalize. RePurpose.

The Black Church Matters

The Black Church Matters (BCM) mission is to rejuvenate, empower, and mobilize the Black Church nationwide. We offer a unique discipleship system to help your ministry optimize its effectiveness.
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