*The fifth bi-annual National Black Nazarene Conference was  convened at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, July 22-25.

Representing 27 districts and 44 churches, more than 900 Nazarenes came together to celebrate, learn, fellowship, strategize, resource, connect, and encourage each other in a manner typical of the Black Nazarene community.

The hotel was buzzing with jubilant praise and worship as three other Black evangelical groups converged for separate conventions.

Elmer Gillett, mission director for Black Ministries and the Strategic Readiness Team spent the past year in planning for the event amidst the financial challenges faced by many of the congregations. “We have been having bake sales, concerts, and other fund raising events,” said Carl Bompart, pastor of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Manor Church of the Nazarene.

“We determined a long time ago that this event is a watershed moment in the life of our congregation. We’ve come to be refocused.”

The New Iberia, Louisiana church teamed up with New Orleans First Church of the Nazarene to travel by bus for 12 hours to celebrate the event.

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