Black Ministry

2017 LCMS Lutherans in Black Ministry Family Convocation

The 140th anniversary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Black Ministry will be celebrated during a convocation July 12-16, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

LCMS Black Ministry looks to expand education, outreach nationwide

Its goal is to have at least five Rosa J. Young Academies established by 2027. The college preparatory schools are intended to honor and continue the legacy of missionary educator Dr. Rosa J. Young (pictured).

Black convocation to offer ‘inspiring, helpful’ sessions

Registration is open for the 2017 LCMS Lutherans in Black Ministry Family Convocation, set for July 12-16 in Birmingham, Ala.

Black Clergy Caucus shares resources for ‘more vibrant’ ministry

The group discusses ministry in prisons, jails and schools at its Jan. 18-20 gathering in Dallas.

Gospel’s centrality key to BNM’s work in new triennium

Meeting in St. Louis Sept. 8-9, the Synod’s Board for National Mission hears reports on all 18 ministries of the LCMS Office of National Mission.

Gray reminds delegates to ‘repent and confess our need for the Christ’

The Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray reminds delegates that “God loves you. And He cares about you.”

Supporting Selma college is top concern for Black Caucus

The Synod’s black pastors — many of whom graduated from Concordia College, Selma, Ala. — discuss how they can help the struggling school.

Longtime LWML, black-ministry leader Dr. Iri Skinner dies

A funeral service for Skinner, 93, is planned for Jan. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Selma, Ala.

‘The First Rosa’ film set for DVD release

LCMS congregations will soon receive their free mailed DVD copy of “The First Rosa,” along with online access to resources related to the film.

Essay: “The History of LCMS Mercy Work with African Americans”

Roosevelt Gray, director of Black Ministry, has written an essay regarding the history of LCMS mercy work with African Americans.

BNM presenters emphasize ‘good moment’ for LCMS

At the Sept. 9-10 meeting in the St. Louis, the LCMS Board for National Mission continues its policy work, hears from numerous speakers and takes several actions.

Screenings of ‘The First Rosa’ scheduled Synodwide

The film that tells the story of famed educator-missionary Dr. Rosa Young is being shown at a number of Synod venues this fall, prior to its release in January.

Black Clergy Caucus embraces ‘21st-century ministry’

The term came up often at the Jan. 14-16 LCMS Black Clergy Caucus gathering in Dallas as a priority for ministry.

Interview with Mary Jones Wise, great-niece of Rosa Young, about the upcoming film titled “The First Rosa”

Mary Jones Wise, great-niece of Rosa Young, discusses the first film documentary about the life of Dr. Rosa Jinsey Young – “the mother of black Lutheranism in central Alabama.”

Interview on the set of “The First Rosa”

During filming of “The First Rosa” documentary in Selma, Ala., the week of Sept. 22, 2014, the Rev. Jon Vieker, senior assistant to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod president, interviews two of the actors playing Rosa J. Young at different stages of her life, Jordan Donegan and Jasmine Gatewood.

‘The First Rosa’ LCMS film project begins with local fanfare

Mayor of Selma, Alabama, George Patrick Evans signs an official city proclamation declaring Sept. 22-28 – when “The First Rosa” begins filming – as “The First Rosa week.”