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Featured Story - New Vision Church of the Nazarene Transcending the Walls of Racial and Cultural Division
New Vision's congregation is about 25 percent white and 75 percent African American and Hispanic. (Photo: Special to The Clarion-Ledger)
Rev. Charles Tillman, Black Ministries Facilitator, attended celebration services at the newly formed Jackson New Vision COTN over the weekend of July 28-30, 2017. New Vision is newly formed church that is transcending the walls of racial and cultural division. This ministry led by Pastor Robert and Carolyn Lanier, is the result of a merger between a Black and Hispanic congregation (One Accord COTN) and an Anglo congregation (Emmanuel COTN). The church held a series of celebration services over the weekend, featuring the Mid South District Superintendent Dr. Larry Leonard and Rev Charles Tillman as speakers. Over 150 persons attended these events: a talent showcase on Friday, a community fun day with games and food on Saturday, and two services on Sunday. This is the first merger of this type for the COTN in the state of Mississippi! We see great days ahead for the New Vision Church!
Click on the link to access the article in the July 28, 2017 edition of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The new Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team met with the National Black Nazarene Conference 2018 Planning Committee. The members of the NBNC 2018 planning committee are Rev. Charles Tillman, Rev. David Solomon, Rev. Dianne Adams Bonner, Rev. Janice Ballard, Ms. Cassandra Trotman and Ms. Stephanie McAdams. Nazarene Black Ministries will be convening a conference August 2 – 5, 2018 at the Westin Hotel Downtown in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of the conference is: The Time Is Now: Unity, Action, Justice, Change and Generations.
Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team Meets to Plan for the Quadrennium
The Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team 2017-2021 met at the Global Ministry Center on July 12 - 13, 2017. Strategic Readiness Teams meet annually to pray, plan and strategize for their perspective ethnic group in the USA/Canada. The new members of the Strategic Readiness Team for the next quadrennial (2017- 2021) are Rev. Charles Tillman, Rev. David Solomon, Rev. Dianne Adams Bonner, Rev. John Wright, Rev. Sidney Mitchell, Rev. Shane Burt-Miller (for Rev. Althea Taylor), Rev. Montague Williams and Minister Cassandra Trotman. Members of the Strategic Readiness Team (SRT) serve for a maximum of four years, are appointed by the Black Ministries Facilitator, and work alongside the Facilitator, Rev. Charles Tillman in the development of a strategic plan. The team reviewed and updated the objectives of Black Ministries for the quadrennium. Click here for contact information.
Black Ministries SRT and NBNC Planning Committee Pictured in the Front Row (left to right) David Solomon, Cassandra Trotman, Stephanie McAdams, Shane Burt-Miller for Althea Taylor and Dianne Adams-Bonner. Back Row (left to right) Janice Ballard, Charles Tillman, Montague Williams, Sidney Mitchell and John Wright.
Black Ministries Plan of Action
1. Identify, develop, and recommend at least 25 emerging Black leaders in leadership positions on the Local, District, and General levels. 2. Declare the first Wednesday of each month for prayer and fasting for Nazarene Black Ministries, the BSRT, and the Black Ministries Facilitator 3. Establish a partnership between Nazarene higher education and church placement through internships 4. Start 20 new churches in four years 5. Continue the National Black Nazarene Conference to encourage, support and equip our churches, leaders, and laypeople. Additionally, host the 2nd annual Black Pastors and Leaders Conference in 2019. 6. Establish strong communication with the offices of Pensions and Benefits and Clergy Development to adequately inform Black pastors of helps and benefits.
Black Ministries Ethnic Facilitator, Rev. Charles Tillman - Role and Function
The Black Ministries Facilitator, Rev. Charles Tillman, is accountable to the Multicultural Ministries USA/Canada regional office and his primary function is to implement the agreed-upon policies and strategies for evangelism and strengthening of existing structures on the various districts of the Church of the Nazarene.
1. The Facilitator is available to arrange meetings with district superintendents and district leaders to help formulate and implement church planting strategies. 2. Upon the approval of the district superintendent, visit churches and pastors who express a desire to sponsor culture specific congregations. 3. Upon the approval of the district superintendent, visit to culture-specific congregations that express the need for consultation in leadership development. 4. Recommend potential pastors for new and existing congregations. 5. Assist district superintendents, when requested, in the development of strategies for new initiative among specific people groups. Contact Rev. Charles Tillman for more information about Black Ministries.
Black Ministries Unique Mission
The mission statement for Black Nazarene Ministries is to help the Church of the Nazarene develop strategies for reaching black communities through the starting of new churches and the implementation of inclusive discipleship and culturally-specific leadership training programs. We articulate this mission through what we call Project H.O.P.E., or Helping Our People Evangelize. Members of the Black Mission Team help to create a focus group that is advisory in its capacity, visionary in its strategy, reconciliatory in its mission, and prophetic in its message.
The Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team shall help districts and local congregations in the following manner:
1. To provide a voice for African-American and Black members of the Church of the Nazarene. 2. To strengthen Black churches in the Church of the Nazarene. 3. To identify potential target areas where new congregations could be started. 4. To train and nurture leaders of our churches for gospel-inspired service to the Black community. 5. To provide support for institutions that strengthen our community. 6. To provide relevant ministry for our youth and young adults. 7. To empower laity for present-day ministry. 8. To create denominational and district partnerships for service and evangelism. 9. To be active advocates for racial justice at home and abroad. 10. To provide spiritual nurture for our members. To enhance clergy-lay ministry partnerships.
Black Ministries Ministry Resources
Videos and Audio Recordings
2016 Black Conference Video - Grace and Peace Magazine
2010 Black Conference Video
Vibrant Magazine 2008 NBNC Article
Cornerstone - Recording of the 2006 NBNC in Dallas, Texas
Cornerstone - Recording of the 2008 NBNC in Orlando, Florida
2010 NBNC "Marvelous" sung by the Brooklyn Community Worship Choir
2010 NBNC "Rain on Me" sung by the Brooklyn Community Worship Choir
2010 NBNC "Souled Out" sung by the Brooklyn Community Worship Choir
2010 NBNC - "He Reigns" sung by the KC Blue Hills Choir
2010 NBNC - KC Blue Hills Choir
2010 NBNC - "In Your Favor" sung by the KC Blue Hills Choir
Simple Church with Joe Warrington
Leadership Development with Charles Tillman
Remembering Clarence Bowman with Roger Bowman
Learning From Black Worship with Joe Warrington
Cheryl Sanders—M15 Plenary Service #2
Finding Grace - Thaddeus Black
The Orlando Story of William Andrews
Sam Vassel and God's Mission in Our World
James Heyward and God's Mission in Our World
Althea Taylor and God's Mission in Our World
Worship Reflecting the Community - James Heyward
Field of Dreams: Chicago Heights Reaches out to Urban Chicago
M11 Plenary Service – Timothy J. Clarke
What Makes the Great "Great?" orThe Struggle for Recognition by Dr. Roger Bowman
Acts 1 - 5 by Dr. Samuel Vassel at the M3 Conference
Nazarene Black Ministries History
Called to the Fire by Chet Bush
Roots by Stan Ingersol
"History of Blacks in the Church of the Nazarene" compiled by Dr. Oliver Phillips
Obituary of Warren A. Rogers, Pioneer and First Black District Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene (scroll down on linked page)
JoeAnn Ballard - West Virginia Bible Institute - 1962 - 1965
There All Along by Brandon Winstead
Color Us Christian by Dr. Roger Bowman
Roger Bowman remembers Clarence Bowman
"So Built We the Walls" by Ora Mae Jackson
When God Calls by Warren L. Maye
"Dr. Charles Johnson Receives MNU's 2014 MLK Living Legacy Award"
Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Bowman Picture
Dr. Hurn and Dr. Roger Bowman
Clarence Bowman - 1963 - Photo
Friendship Founders Day 2017 - Memphis, Tennessee