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More Than A Dinner

For over a decade, Black Worship Clergy Hall of Fame Dinner has been the preeminent event in San Antonio to honor and recognize Black churches and their critical work in ministering to the Black community. 

Blackbook Studios Inc. and Avista Products  is proud to celebrate the 13th year of this event on March 4 at Second Baptist Community Center. The Very Rev. Kevin Fausz of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will host the event and present this year’s nominees, who are:
Bishop Brent Bryant of 
Redeeming Grace Church

Pastor “PK” Keith Graham of
Now Word Covenant Church

Carl Booker CEO of Avista Products and creator of Black Worship, said for generations, the Black Church has been a critical part of Black families and continues to play an integral role. 
“Black pastors and their families sacrifice so much of themselves to uplift their congregations. This event is just a small thank you to show religious leaders we value their impact,” Booker said. 
Since the pandemic, churches nationwide have grappled with getting people back in the pews. This, coupled with a generational shift in religious identity (nondenominational is the second largest faith in the U.S.) and perceptions of the church, means church leadership must work harder to keep their congregation’s interest. 
The Pew Research Center said that in 2023, the share of U.S. adults who say they generally attend religious services once a month or more has dropped slightly, from 33% in 2019 to 30% in 2022. A Gallup News Poll also reported last fall that nearly half of Americans (47%) describe themselves as religious, another 33% say they are spiritual but not religious, and 2% volunteer they are “both.” Although the vast majority of U.S. adults have one of these orientations toward the nonphysical world, the 18% who say they are neither religious nor spiritual is twice the proportion Gallup measured when it first asked this question in 1999. Over the same period, the percentage identifying as religious has declined by seven percentage points.
Many of the Black Worship Academy honorees have been finding innovative ways to keep their congregations engaged and keep their church homes in the forefront. This year’s honorees are chosen by the Black Worship Academy, which assesses candidates on eight standards, such as having a meaningful contribution to religious life and community service, effective preparation for ministry leadership and management, and service as a mentor of other clergy. To learn more about the event or to buy tickets, visit BlackWorshipSA.com.

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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