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Black Churches / New Pastors

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


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 *****come Christian leaders in their communities? How should an aspiring preacher approach the m*****y social problems that confront ***** 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 ***** events?

The families of the ***** Millennium are hungry for leadership - children are subjected to more influences outside the home than ever before, and many ***** those ***** are not healthy or valid - and families come ***** 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 ********** confusing society, and help *****m greet a more blessed tomorrow?

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say are the important *****s to be held in terms of ***** *****ing of clergy ***** is responsible ***** leadership within the ***** side of the black ***** - and indeed, what would Jesus Chr*****t ***** talking about, what ***** Jesus believe are the highlights ***** today's world that should be pivotal themes in preparing a pastor for his or her c*****er?

***** 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 ***** presented as worthy 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 Ladder: The Enduring legacy of African-American Families, is to be found pages upon ***** 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 advertis*****g slogan, ***** Billingsley speaks, people listen; ***** when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his *****s ********** a young would-be ***** 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, ***** his book's "Introduction" he notes that ***** situation ***** t***** average black family in America is of*****en m*****understood when it comes to success vs. poverty, s*****ce there are "more than three ********** as many non-poor ********** as there ***** poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America *****day, ***** non-blacks continue to hang on ***** the stereotype that nearly all blacks are ***** ***** lower rung


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