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Black Churches / New Pastors

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

Introduction

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 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?

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

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

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

***** Literature, the Issues, the 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 be found pages upon pages of the great wisdom and big-picture vision of a man who is highly respected in the academic and scholarly communities, as well as in ***** black community. To borrow an old advert**********g slogan, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** ***** he writes, people read, and people think deeply about ***** he expresses. Reading his *****s helps a young would-***** pastor learn how to tell a story that has plenty of 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 of logic in stereotypes; for example, in h***** book's "Introduction" he notes that the situation for the average black family in America is often misunderstood when it *****s to success vs. poverty, since there are "***** than three *****s as many non-poor blacks as there are poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America today, ***** non-blacks cont*****ue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are from ***** lower rung

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