African American Church Planting Initiative
In collaboration with several denominations (Mission to North America (Presbyterian Church in America), Assemblies of God, Path 1 (United Methodist Church), International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Southern Baptists of Texas, the Foursquare Church, and North American Mission Board (Southern Baptists Convention), LifeWay Research recently conducted a study on African-American church plants. This study measured and identified characteristics of healthy church plants. It also measured characteristics distinctive to the African-American context. As national factors are not the same for everyone. These factors will vary from majority culture to minority culture. So, there is a real need for contextualized church planting training that deals specifically with the national factors of minority culture. The African American Church Planting Initiative (AACPI) is here to address such factors. This is a cross-denominational initiative to provide contextualized direction for church planters and denominations who are doing ministry among African Americans. August 7-8, AACPI will have its first event in Nashville, TN. This event will address two areas: cultural intelligence and contextualization in African American church planting. For the vision of AACPI is to educate and to equip for the future.