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Black Churches / New Pastors

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

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What are the key issues surrounding 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 *****piring preacher approach the m*****y social problems that confront the ***** community - and which issues are appropriate for associating with sermons or bible study ***** which are better left to small group discussion within the church's weekly calendar of events?

The families of ***** New Millennium ***** hungry for *****hip - children are subjected to more influences outside the home than ever be*****e, and many ***** those ***** ***** not healthy or valid ***** and families come ***** church for inspiration and spiritual guidance, so, what will today's ***** provide for families ***** can help them find their way through the wilderness of today's ********** 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 the tra*****ing of clergy that is responsible for leadership within the ***** side of the black community - 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 ot*****s (raised through the assigned readings) will be addressed in t***** paper. Also, when ***** from the literature raise additional questions or valid points, those will also be examined ***** presented as worthy for consideration.

The Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ideas ***** 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 advertis*****g slogan, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; and ***** he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his *****s *****s 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 ***** stage ***** ***** important messages by first pointing out the lack of logic in stereotypes; for example, in h***** book's "Introduction" he notes that t***** situation for the average black family in America is often m*****understood when it comes to success vs. poverty, s*****ce *****re are "more than three ********** as many non-poor ********** as there are poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and *****, as is so clear in America today, ***** non-blacks continue to hang on to the stereotype that nearly all blacks are ***** the lower rung

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