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Kingdom Priorities: A distinctive characteristic of the PNBC is its functional organizational structure and its integrated mission programs. The PNBC is dedicated to the education of African Americans and has as one of its major priorities the support of African American colleges, schools of religion, theological schools and universities.
Since its beginning it has always been ecumenical, supporting the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Baptist World Alliance and other ecumenical bodies. The PNBC is actively engaged in national and international ministries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the United States of America.
The PNBC has grown from 33 members at its founding meeting to over 2.5 million members, (1.5 million in the United States and over 1million around the globe). The PNBC is now organized into five regions. The regions include the Southern Region, the Southwest Region, the Eastern Region, the Midwest Region and the International Region. These regions meet once a year to carry out the programs of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The Annual Session of the Convention and the Congress of Christian Education is held Tuesday through Friday the week following the first Sunday in August. The Mid-Winter Adjourned Session of the Convention is held annually on Tuesday through Friday following the third Sunday in January.
In the United States there are PNBC churches in 35 states. The membership of the PNBC is primarily urban with some of the most noted churches in urban cities. The membership of the convention comes from many different social classes and strata. A large percentage of PNBC churches are engaged in urban programs that focus on the youth, the elderly, housing, economic development and prison ministries. The convention has a pension program and the Nannie Helen Burroughs School is establishing schools internationally.
The PNBC has a full operational headquarters with full-time staff in Northeast Washington, D.C. Staff includes a General Secretary and executive directors of Mission Ministry, Christian Education, Administration, and Finance. All officers of the PNBC are elected each year and can serve a maximum tenure of four years. The President of the Convention is the Chief Executive Officer of Convention and the General Secretary is the Chief Operating Officer.