| Program: || Congress of National Black Churches, Washington, DC |
| Contact(s): || (202) 371-1091 |
| Purpose: || To empower communities by fostering unity, charity and fellowship while establishing dialogue across denominational lines |
The Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC) was founded in 1978 and is an ecumenical coalition of eight major historically black denominations representing 65,000 churches and a membership of more than 20 million people. These denominations are: African Methodist Episcopal; African Methodist Episcopal Zion; Christian Methodist Episcopal; Church of God in Christ; National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.; National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; and, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. CNBC collaborates with ministries to promote justice, wholeness and fulfillment, and to affirm the moral and spiritual values of their faith. To assess the aspirations of the African American community and address the problems that face it, CNBC administers eight national programs: affiliate relations, children and family development, church rebuilding and arson prevention, economic development, a national anti-drug and violence campaign, national health, voter education and training and theological education and leadership development. CNBC promotes racial dialogue and works to bring different racial groups together through its programs, especially its church-rebuilding programs where some 40% of volunteers are white.