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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 learn*****g as they train to become Christian leaders in their communities? How should an *****piring preacher approach the m*****y social problems that confront ***** ***** 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?

The families of ***** New Millennium ***** 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 ***** spiritual guidance, so, what will today's church provide for families that can help them find their way through the wilderness of today's *****ten confusing society, and ***** them greet a more blessed tomorrow?

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say ***** the important discussions to be held in terms of ***** training of clergy ***** is responsible for leadership within the ***** side of the black ***** - and indeed, ***** would Jesus Christ ***** 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 be addressed in this paper. Also, when ***** from the literature raise additional questions or valid points, those will also ***** examined and presented as worthy for consideration.

***** Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ide***** ***** 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 pages of ***** great w*****dom and big-picture vision of a man who is highly respected in the academic and scholarly communities, as well as in the ***** community. To borrow an old advertising slog*****, when Billingsley speaks, people listen; and ***** he writes, people read, and people think deeply about what he expresses. Reading his books 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 the stage for ***** important messages by first pointing out ***** lack ***** logic in stereotypes; for example, ***** h***** book's "Introduction" he notes that the situation ***** the average black family in America is often misunderstood when it *****s to success vs. poverty, since there are "more than three times as *****y non-poor ********** as there are poor blacks" (Billingsley, 20), and yet, as is so clear in America today, many non-blacks cont*****ue to hang on ***** the stereotype ***** nearly all blacks are ***** ***** lower rung


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