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Black Churches / New Pastors

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


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

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

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say are the important discussions to be held in terms of the **********g of clergy that is responsible for leadership within the spiritual side of the black ***** - and indeed, what would Jesus Christ be talking about, what ***** Jesus believe are the highlights of today's world that should be pivotal themes in preparing a pastor ***** his or her c*****er?

These questions and others (raised through the assigned readings) will ***** addressed in t***** paper. Also, when issues from the literature raise additional questions or valid points, those will also be examined and presented as w*****thy for consideration.

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

***** 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 be found pages upon pages of ***** great w*****dom and big-picture vision of a man who is highly respected in the academic and scholarly communities, as well as in ***** ***** community. To borrow an old advertising slogan, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his *****s helps a young would-be pastor learn how to tell a story ***** 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 the lack of logic in stereotypes; for example, in his book's "Introduction" he notes that ***** situation for t***** average black family in America is **********en misunderstood when it *****s to success vs. poverty, s*****ce there are "more ***** three ********** as ***** non-poor blacks as there are poor *****" (Billingsley, 20), and yet, as is so clear in America today, *****y non-blacks cont*****ue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are ***** the lower rung


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