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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

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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 become Christian leaders in their communities? How should an aspiring preacher approach the m*****y social problems that confront the 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 ***** church's weekly calendar ***** events?

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

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say ***** the important ********** to be held in terms of the training of clergy that is responsible for leadership within the spiritual side of the black community - and indeed, what would Jesus Chr*****t 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 ot*****s (raised through the assigned readings) ***** ***** addressed in t***** paper. Also, when ***** from the literature raise additional questions or ***** po*****ts, those will also be examined and presented as worthy for consideration.

***** 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 ***** of the great w*****dom ***** 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*****ing slogan, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; and when he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his books helps a young would-***** ***** 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 the stage for h***** important messages by first pointing out the lack of logic in stereotypes; ***** example, ***** his book's "Introduction" he notes that the situation for the average black family in America is often misunderstood ***** 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 to the stereotype ***** nearly all blacks are from the lower rung

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