Our History


The Institute of Church Administration and Management emerged as an initiative of the Congress of National Black Churches and was established in 1992 at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). ICAM grew out of the desire of the leaders of The Congress of National Black Churches for Black clergy and laity to become more proficient in management and administration. It became a premiere national leadership education initiative singularly focused on strengthening the management capacity of leaders of religious institutions, faith-based organizations and other religious bodies within the African American community.

In December 2008 The Board of Trustees of ICAM voted to include the Conference of National Black Churches as a program of ICAM. This decision was a natural response to preparing Black church leaders to address the issues of the 21st century which impact the quality of life of African Americans. ICAM’s management and administration educational program continues.


The mission of CNBC is to serve as a unified voice of Black religious bodies that seeks to improve the quality of life for African Americans. We channel our unique voice of faith into advocacy efforts in the areas of hunger, social justice/public policy, health, economic empowerment, anti-violence, and education.  The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) is currently comprised of the national leadership of eight Black denominations that have a combined membership of over 20 million people and 30,000 congregations in the United States and the African Diaspora.  Currently, there are eight denominations whose national leaders comprise the leadership of CNBC and serve as members of the CNBC Board of Directors. The member denominations include:

African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ)

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME)

Church of God In Christ (COGIC)

Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International (FGBCFI)

National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc., (NBCA)

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. (NBC USA)

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC)

CNBC uses the influence and power of the leadership of the historically Black denominations to serve as a critical educational, organizational base, voice and influence to advocate for African Americans.

Through CNBC, the member denominations work collectively to become a permanent point of inter-denominational coordination for addressing systemic social change that will ultimately result in improving the quality of life for African Americans and other underserved populations as they seek to reach their full potential in American society. CNBC is committed to a national strategy of Black Church intervention in six key areas: hunger, social justice/public policy, health, economic empowerment, anti-violence and education.