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Black Churches / New Pastors

The Influences and Issues of the Black Church, the Black Family, and 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 learn*****g as they train to become Christian leaders in their communities? How should an *****piring 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?

***** families of ***** New Millennium ***** 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 ***** spiritual guidance, so, what will today's ***** provide for families that can help *****m find their way through the wilderness of today's ********** confusing **********, and help *****m greet a more blessed tomorrow?

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

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

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

***** Billingsley ***** Jacob's Ladder

Inside the hard-bound cover of Andrew Billingsley's book, Climbing Jacob's *****: The Enduring legacy of African-American Families, is to be found pages upon pages of the great wisdom 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 advertising slog*****, ***** Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his *****s helps a young would-***** ***** 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 ***** stage for ***** important messages by first pointing out the lack ***** logic in stereotypes; for example, in h***** book's "Introduction" he notes that the situation for the average black family in America is often m*****understood ***** it *****s to success vs. poverty, s*****ce there are "***** than three ********** as many non-poor blacks as there ***** poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America **********, many non-blacks continue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are from ***** lower rung


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