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Black Churches / New Pastors

***** Influences and Issues of the Black Church, the ***** Family, ***** 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 many social problems that confront ***** African-American community - and which issues ***** 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?

The families ***** ***** New Millennium ***** hungry for leadership - children are subjected to more influences outside the home than ever before, and many of those ***** ***** 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 **********, and ***** *****m greet a more blessed tomorrow?

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say are the important ********** to be held in terms of the tra*****ing ***** clergy ***** is responsible ***** leadership within the ***** 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 for his or her career?

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

The Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ide***** ***** 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 ***** 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 ***** community. To borrow an old advert**********g 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-be ***** learn how to tell a story that 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 for ***** 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 ***** it comes to success vs. poverty, since *****re are "more ***** three times as many non-poor blacks as there ***** poor *****" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America today, many non-blacks cont*****ue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are from ***** lower rung

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