The aim of this national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world. The program will help awaken the deep spiritual and prophetic roots of the Black Baptist Church for effective and transformative ministry for the present and future generations.

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Believers Church Conference

Thursday, Jan. 26th
through Saturday, Jan. 28th, 2023
This initiative will aid

Black Baptist


Shaw University



Shaw University Divinity School has received a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to help establish the Black Church Leadership Academy. SUDS launch for BCLA is to support the thriving and revitalization of Black Baptist congregations in North Carolina, and the broader Black Church, regionally and nationally.


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