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Black Churches / New Pastors

***** Influences and Issues of the Black Church, the Black Family, and Faith-Based Ministries in ***** 21st Century

Introduction

What are the key issues surround*****g the African-American Church in the year 2005? What should new pastors be learn*****g as they train to become Christian leaders in their communities? How should an aspiring preacher approach the many social problems that confront the African-American community - and which issues are appropriate for associating with sermons or bible study and which are better left to small group discussion within the church's weekly calendar of events?

The families ***** the New Millennium ***** hungry for leadership - children are subjected to more influences outside the home than ever before, ***** many of those influences ***** not healthy or valid ***** and families come to church for inspiration ***** spiritual guidance, so, what will today's ***** provide for families ***** can help them find ***** way through the wilderness of today's *****ten confusing society, and ***** *****m greet a more blessed tomorrow?

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say are the important discussions to be held in terms of ***** training ***** clergy that is responsible ***** leadership within the ***** side of the black ***** - and indeed, ***** would Jesus Chr*****t be talking about, what ***** Jesus believe are the highlights of today's world that should be pivotal themes in preparing a pastor for his or her career?

These questions and ot*****s (raised through the assigned readings) will ***** addressed in this paper. Also, when ***** from the literature raise additional questions or valid points, those will also be examined ***** presented as worthy for consideration.

The Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ide***** ***** Pastors

Andrew Billingsley ***** Jacob's Ladder

Inside the hard-bound cover of Andrew Billingsley's book, Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring legacy of African-American Families, is to ***** found pages upon pages of the great w*****dom and big-picture vision of a man who is highly respected in ***** academic and scholarly communities, as well as in the black community. To borrow an old advert**********g slogan, ***** Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his books helps a young would-be pastor learn how to tell a story that has plenty ***** power, honesty and relevance, and yet carries with it some degree of entertaining value at the same time.

He is known for setting the stage ***** his important messages by first pointing out ***** lack of logic in stereotypes; for example, in his book's "Introduction" he notes that t***** situation ***** the average black family ***** America is often m*****understood ***** it comes to success vs. poverty, since there are "***** ***** three times as ***** non-poor blacks as there are poor *****" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America today, *****y non-blacks cont*****ue to hang on ***** the stereotype ***** nearly all blacks are ***** ***** lower rung

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