Churches in the Progressive National Baptist Convention follow a worship calendar reflecting the African-American experience of God as liberator and sustainer, rather than the conventional Christian year. Annual observances include Christmas and Easter, but most Sundays are designated to focus on aspects of the church’s ministry and role in society.
In the churches of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the transmission of theology rests heavily upon the sermon and the songs which support it. Worship services feature both European-American and African-American music. More progressive congregations use a wide variety of musical instruments, a popular style of music, and even dance and drama. New publications offer a wide variety of traditional music and folk songs.