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Black Churches / New Pastors

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

***** families of ***** ***** 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 and spiritual guidance, so, what will today's ***** provide for families that can help *****m find ***** way through the wilderness of today's *****ten confusing **********, and ***** 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 tra*****ing ***** clergy that is responsible for leadership within the ***** side of the black ***** - and indeed, what would Jesus Christ be talking about, what ***** Jesus believe are the highlights ***** today's world that should be pivotal themes in preparing a pastor ***** his or her career?

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

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

Andrew Billingsley ***** Jacob's Ladder

Inside ***** 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 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 advertis*****g slog*****, ***** Billingsley speaks, people listen; and when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about ***** 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 ***** stage for ***** important messages by first pointing out the lack of logic in stereotypes; for example, ***** his book's "Introduction" he notes that ***** situation ***** t***** average ***** family in America is of*****en m*****understood ***** it comes to success vs. poverty, since there are "more than three ********** as *****y non-poor blacks as there are poor *****" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America today, many non-blacks continue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are from ***** lower rung

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