Southern Baptists Choose a Black Leader–Good Move



by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

The meeting of the Southern Baptists this week in Phoenix revealed an interesting surprise. In an effort to increase minority representation in its ranks, the group has elected an African American pastor to become First Vice President. This is the first time in the group’s history that this move has been made.

Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was the man selected for the post, elected on Tuesday to help run the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The group is seeing declining membership levels, and in response, has been working to bring minorities into the fold. Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page has admitted that there needs to be “measurable information” to help the Southern Baptists evaluate their progress on race relations.


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  1. Kate

    It’s commendable that the Southern Baptists appointed Rev. Luter to a leadership role, and I think it says a lot about acceptance from a church originally established to defend slavery. It’s a great step for the church and it speaks really well to Pastor Goforth’s quote about making the stage reflective of what you want the pew to look like in terms of diversity. I hope this election and the publicity of it will help further improve race relations and increase the church’s membership. I wanted to share this video on Reverend Luter’s election with you. I think you’ll appreciate how it analyzes news coverage from different sources to show various perspectives on the changes in the church. I hope you’ll considering embedding the video in your post.

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