This project supports four geographic clusters of 13 primarily rural, historic Black churches (HBCs) in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, plus one non-Black congregational learning partner, in their faith journeys. Guiding the goals of the project is the compelling and compassionate revival message from the Book of Nehemiah that encourages Christians to work together, shoulder to shoulder, to build a singular mission that reflects the purpose of God in their lives. Together, each participating congregation, its pastor, and lay leaders receive guidance and support to devise specific strategies for defining their spiritual values, connecting with their surrounding communities, and responding to congregational challenges in effective ways. Representative denominations include: United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal, AME Zion, and Presbyterian Church USA. Sustaining features of the Nehemiah Project include developing 60 influential congregational leaders, online learning modules, and assessment tools for congregations to use.
Nehemiah Project: Strengthening Historic African American Congregations