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Black Churches / New Pastors

***** Influences and Issues of the Black Church, the ***** Family, ***** 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 learning 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 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 ***** ***** Millennium ***** hungry for leadership - children are subjected to more influences outside the home than ever before, and many of those influences are 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 ***** way through the wilderness of today's often confusing society, and help *****m greet a more blessed tomorrow?

Indeed, what would Dr. Martin Luther King say ***** the important *****s to be held in terms of the training of clergy that is responsible ***** leadership within the spiritual side of the black ***** - and indeed, ***** would Jesus Christ be talking about, what would Jesus believe are the highlights of today's world that should be pivotal themes in preparing a pastor for his or her career?

***** questions and ot*****s (raised through the assigned readings) will ***** 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.

***** Literature, the Issues, ***** Relevant Substantive Ideas for Pastors

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

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