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 strategy committee worked to develop the following objectives:
- Identify a monthly day of prayer and fasting for National Black Ministries
- Develop a working relationship with district superintendents through the USA/Canada Regional Office
- Identify and train 20 new pastors and leaders
- Start 20 new churches in 4 years
- Identify and recommend emerging Black leaders for placement in leadership positions
- Encourage the increase of our students in Nazarene higher education
- Continue the NBNC & RCBMI
- Present a Black Pastor’s & Leaders Conference
At the end of the session Roberto Hodgson, Multicultural Director assisted the committee in the election process for the new Black facilitator. Rev. Charles Tillman was elected as the facilitator for a maximum of six years according to the multicultural office guideline. The existing committee was re-affirmed to serve for the next four years and added a new member, Rev. Barbara Allen.