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Black Churches / New Pastors

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

Introduction

What are the key issues surround*****g the African-American Church in the year 2005? What should new pastors be learning 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 ***** appropriate for associating with sermons or bible study ***** which are better left to small group discussion within ***** church's weekly calendar ***** events?

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

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

The Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ideas for 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 ***** 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 ***** community. To borrow an old advertising slog*****, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** ***** he writes, people read, and people think deeply about ***** he expresses. Reading his books helps a young would-be pastor learn how to tell a story ***** has plenty of power, honesty and relevance, and yet carries with it some degree ***** 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, ***** his book's "Introduction" he notes that the situation ***** the average black family in America is ***** misunderstood when it comes to success vs. poverty, s*****ce *****re are "more than three times as ***** non-poor blacks as there ***** poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and yet, as is so clear in America *****day, *****y non-blacks continue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are ***** the lower rung

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