Saturday, February 7

White Dying Church donates property to Black Church

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- What should a traditional, white Southern Baptist congregation do when they can no longer sustain their ministries or their facilities, when the community around them looks nothing like their membership, when they know they are dying?

Emmanuel Baptist Church was a thriving rural fellowship. But after 61 years of ministry, the North Carolina church's leaders faced some painful decisions.

In June 2014 by unanimous vote, Emmanuel's property was deeded to Meeting Place Church, an African American church plant in cooperation with the Charlotte-area Shady Brook Baptist Church and Metrolina Baptist Association. Lead pastor Vince Riley is a former Charlotte police officer and a former crusade director with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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