Ambassador Andrew Young and others to kick-off Initiative
(Nashville, TN)— Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) Bishops and Coordinating Committee will officially welcome Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr. to his new role as National Executive Director of the entity responsible for helping predominately African American congregations become effective and fruitful in mission and ministry. A Virtual Meet and Greet will take place Thursday, July 30 at 5pm CDT on ZOOM. Dr. Bowie is expected to announce a 100-day plan of action. You can register for the event here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtd-uvpjMiGNG7ePozeFVxql_fmJYbkF0c?fbclid=IwAR1AQDQ3wxIwV7IwQASVkJZbybfKgcl9_QjcRiuqAaqWmopLmsEI-2uf-oI
“I am elated to be walking in this season as the new leader for SBC21. If there were ever a sense of urgency for the Black Church, it is now,” explained Dr. Bowie. Dr. Bowie is well equipped to lead the effort to strengthen leaders, and he brings a wealth of effective pastoral ministry to this position. “As an Elder for more than 20 years in our Church, I have had the opportunity to lead congregations of all sizes and racial make-up,” he shared. “Little did I know that God would use every season of my ministry to prepare me for this new assignment as we navigate through a pandemic that has rocked our nation in unprecedented ways,” he said.
During the Virtual Meet and Greet, Dr. Bowie will share his hopes and dreams for SBC21 along with making an announcement of an impactful event taking place August 4th. “My main purpose and focus for the first 100 days will be to have conversations with SBC21 stakeholders, Bishops, Annual Conference leaders, Agency Partners, Local Pastors and Laity leadership. These conversations will lead to a strategic and intentional plan to help increase the number of highly vital congregations within the SBC21 scope.”
One of the first programs that will be convened by Dr. Bowie is the SBC21 “Carry the Torch”, a conversation to equip youth and young adults for social justice featuring Civil Rights Legend and Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, along with other History Makers Tuesday, August 4 at 1pm CDT. The one-hour event is part of SBC21 launch of the Institute for Teen Leadership and Development, in partnership with a grant award from the General Board of Church and Society.
Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century is a transformational learning model that enables annual conferences or local congregations to partner and share its gifts of vitality with other congregations and other annual conferences that are seeking church growth.