Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 16

Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 16

Rev. William Shaw

As president of the National Baptist Convention, the Rev. William Shaw has helped the organization rise from the ashes of financial disarray with the theme "Jesus Christ Only, Always" and the implementation of the VISA plan—vision, integrity, structure and accountability. This has enabled the NBC to devote its attention to debt removal, lawsuit settlements and improve its fiscal structure. Most importantly, however, the plan has improved the denomination’s reputation among the faithful and the general public. In 2006, Shaw and seven other religious leaders, including Bishop T.D. Jakes, resigned from the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund after the organization’s staff ignored their advice and cut checks for Gulf Coast churches without proper investigation.



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