Ministry Resources for Black Cultures

Other Neighborhoods: Upscale Mainstay Working Country Aspiring Urban
Community Types: Upscale Mainstay Working Country Aspiring Urban
Cultural Neighborhoods: Black Hispanic Asian Native Islander White
Living Spaces: MultiFamily Student Military Correctional MedicalSingleFamily

Selected Ministry Resources for Black Cultural Neighborhoods

Each of the six black cultural neighborhoods offers a unique ministry situation. Below are ministry resources that describe and discuss the black cultural contexts.

African-American Theology & Biblical Interpretation

Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion
by Dale P. Andrews

The rift between black theology, with its social and political concerns, and black churches, with their emphases on pastoral care and piety, has been growing. Here, Dale Andrews offers a way to bridge this gap by redefining the paradigm of church as "refuge" in terms of a faith identity that brings together a concern for liberation with a pastoral focus on spirituality. This faith identity emerges from dominant biblical themes that shape preaching and pastoral care. Andrews' insightful analysis of the gulf between black churches and black theology reveals the invasive influence of individualism in black religious life as well as the shared values for social change and care of the soul. Notably, it is this influence of individualism that has disrupted communal solidarity and brought about the neglect of liberation ethics within black church life. This practical theology will contribute greatly towards renewing the pastoral and prophetic ministry of black religious life.

Then the Whisper Put On Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context
by Brian K. Blount

Devastating circumstances still enslave most African Americans in American society today, especially in urban environments. They struggle with economic devastation, family disintegration, black-on-black crime, unemployment, political and social injustice, as well as the structural racism that fuels all of these. In the midst of this horrible din, there is a whisper from the Lord, a faith statement upon which there can be established an ethic of transformation for an oppressed African American Christian community. The whispers of faith, hope, and ethical direction that flow out of the New Testament materials have always taken their fleshly shape in light of the context in which African Americans have found themselves. Blount studies selected New Testament texts and evaluates them in light of their first-century contexts, primarily from a socio-linguistic perspective, and then reads them through the eyes of the contemporary African American Christian. This study analyzes the differences between the first century context, which prompted the biblical writers to reflect ethically upon their faith statements as they did, and the present reality of African Americans in the United States, which motivates their Christian leaders to reflect upon these same statements in such radically different ways. An example of a twentieth-century ethical situation is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign of civil disobedience which appeared to be in direct contradiction to the ethical prescriptions i…

True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
by Brian K. Blount, general editor; Cain Hope Felder, Clarice J. Martin, & Emerson B. Powery, associate editor

This pioneering commentary sets biblical interpretation firmly in the context of African American experience and concern. Cutting-edge scholarship that is in tune with African American churches calls into question many of the canons of traditional biblical research and highlights the role of the Bible in African American history, accenting themes of ethnicity, class, slavery, and African heritage as these play a role in Christian scripture and the Christian odyssey of an emancipated people. Contributors include the volume editors, Thomas Hoyt, Ann Holmes Redding, Vincent Wimbush, and sixteen other notable scholars.

Soul Theology: The Heart of American Black Culture
by Nicholas C. Cooper-Lewter and Henry H. Mitchel

Soul Theology distills the core beliefs that have provided and sustained a healing and balancing force in the black community throughout its history in North American.

We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology
by James Evans & Stephen Ray

Seeking to overcome the chasm between church practice and theological reflection, James H. Evans Jr., a major and distinctive voice in American religion, situates theology squarely in the nexus of faith with freedom. There, with a sure touch, he uplifts revelatory aspects of black religious experience that reanimate classical areas of theology, and he creates a theology with a heart, soul, and voice that speak directly to our condition. Edited and introduced by Stephen G. Ray Jr., the second edition, published on the twentieth anniversary of the first, includes three new essays that identify the value of the book for womanist, evangelical, and black church audiences. The new edition concludes with an Afterword by the author himself.

Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation
by Cain Hope Felder, editor

A collection of 11 essays by African American biblical scholars; the introduction puts the essays, and the consultation out of which they grew, into context. The essays consider biblical authority, African American sources for enhancing biblical interpretation, and the issue of race in the Bible. They also offer reinterpretation of specific biblical texts, while revealing the role blacks played within the Bible. These essays are important for both scholars and general readers, making the book es…

Troubling Biblical Waters: Race, Class, and Family
by Cain Hope Felder

A comprehensive and challenging look at the significance of the Bible for blacks, and the importance of blacks in the Bible. Timely . . . serious and creative

Towards a Missional Theology for African Diaspora in North America
by David Mwihia

Missional theology as it has evolved in North America is not attending to the unique needs of African diaspora. It has failed to take note of African diaspora existential conditions. The African diaspora, stands at the intersection of multiple forces affecting global Christianity. It embodies distinctive theological elements that have the potential for redefining the understanding of theology of mission and ecclesiology within a global context. In this dissertation, I have laid the groundwork for developing a missional theology that is criticized, challenged, and influenced by the experience of AICs and the African theology. I have developed a more relevant and transformative missional theology for AICs, and an understanding of how the experience of AICs can inform North American missional theology. In attending to the above, I have argued that the North American missional theology developed in the past few decades (which is geared toward the needs of a mainline church declining in membership) has much to learn from the missional experiences of AICs.

The Africana Bible
by Hugh R. Page, Jr., general editor; Randall C. Bailey... [et al.], associate editor

The Africana Bible features a critical commentary on every book of the Hebrew Bible, the Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha that are authoritative for many in African and African-diasporan communities worldwide. It highlights issues of concern to the global Black community (such as globalization and the colonial legacy) and the distinctive norms of interpretation in African and African Diasporan settings.

Is God Colour-Blind? - Insight from Black Theology for Christian Ministry
by Anthony G. Reddie

Is God Colour-Blind? applies the lessons of black theology in a pastoral context and draws on the authors extensive experience of working with churches on issues surrounding racial justice and Christian ministry. Anthony Reddie offers a series of short stories, followed by theological reflection and analysis, which suggest new ways of understanding self and other in terms of Christian practice. The book provides food for thought and practical resources for those who are striving for a society where we are all equally accepted as Gods children, no matter what our ethnic origin or skin colour. Anthony Reddie has made a place for himself and his work at the centre of British theological life. A theologian of many talents, he has used them all in his quest to rework Black theology in order to create new practices that promote inclusion, justice and equality both inside and outside of the Christian Church. Robert Beckford, academic and broadcaster

Africentric Christianity: A Theological Appraisal for Ministry
by J. Deotis Roberts

Africentrism has captured the imagination of many in the black community who are intent on discovering their cultural heritage on the African continent. Many in the African American church have been prompted to consider how Africentric ideas relate to their Christian faith. Roberts, one of the architects and leading scholars of black theology, provides a theological assessment of Africentrism and its relationship with Christianity. Roberts explores the origins, history, and principles of Africe…

The Prophethood of Black Believers: An African American Political Theology for Ministry
by J. Deotis Roberts

This valuable resource from one of the founding fathers of the black theology movement discusses how to minister to the black community. Using an interdisciplinary approach, J. Deotis Roberts shows how theological concepts can be applied to education, pastoral care, and political and economic issues.

African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures
by Vincent L. Wimbush, editor

A unique study of how the Bible "constructs" African Americans and how African Americans "construct" the bible. From literature and the arts to popular culture and everyday life, the Bible courses through black society and culture. Despite the enormous recent surge of interest in African American religion, scant attention has been paid to the diversity of ways in which African Americans have utilized the Bible. African Americans and the Bible is the fruit of a four-year collaborative research project directed by Vincent L. Wimbush and funded by the Lilly Endowment. It brings together scholars and experts (sixty-eight in all) from a wide range of academic and artistic fields and disciplines-including ethnography, cultural history, and biblical studies and also music, film, dance, drama, and literature. The book is less about the meaning(s) of the Bible than about the Bible and meaning(s), less about the world(s) of the Bible than about how worlds and the Bible interact-in short, about how a text constructs a people and a people construct a text. It is about a particular socio-cultural formation but also about the dynamics that occur in the interrelation between any group of people and sacred texts in general. African Americans and the Bible offers a critical lens through which the process of socio-cultural formation can be viewed.

Church Administration in Black Communities

African American Church Management Handbook
by Floyd Flake, Elaine McCollins Flake, Edwin Reed

Highly regarded pastor Floyd Flake; his wife, co-pastor, author, Elaine Flake; and church chief financial officer Edwin Reed offer a design based on key needs in the black church, and their experience at one of the nation's most respected and largest black churches, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in New York. This unique, detailed, and thorough resource for black churches of any denomination covers virtually all aspects of church management from the theoretical and theological to the practical "…

African American Church Leadership: Principles for Effective Ministry and Community Leadership
by Lee N. June (Editor)

How can African American church leaders maximize their leadership potential? What are current models for effective leadership in the African American Christian community? This book answers those questions and more with up-to-date research and current best practices regarding leadership principles and strategies. African American church communities and those who interact with and work with these communities will find this book particularly useful.

Church Administration in the Black Perspective
by Floyd Massey & Samuel McKinney

With over 60,000 copies in print, Church Administration in the Black Perspective, first published in 1976, has become a classic reference manual. African American pastors through the years have looked

Deacons in Today's Black Baptist Church
by Marvin A. Mcmickle

What does it mean to be a deacon in the black Baptist church today? What personal qualities should a candidate for deacon possess? What does the ministry entail? What relationship should exist between the pastor and deacons? What does Scripture say about the origins of the office of the deacon? How has the historical context of being black and Baptist in American influenced the evolution of that office? How do we fulfill the scriptural purposes of a deacon ministry in our local black Baptist churches today? Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle explores these issues and more in this practical resource for today s church leaders.

Church Development & Church Planting in Black Communities

High Impact African-American Churches
by George Barna & Harry Jackson

This book is packed with twenty-first-century lessons and practices, highlighting real-life success stories from the African-American church experience. Here the strengths of the African-American church are celebrated, and its best practices explored through the study of large and small churches alike. Half of the chapters in High Impact African-American Churches feature African-American history from the inception of slavery to present day, revealing the influences that have shaped these churches. Readers from any church, in any culture, will learn specific steps they can take and apply to their own churches, achieving successes similar to those found in the African-American Church.

African American Christian Worship: 2nd Edition
by Melva Wilson Costen

In this update to her 1993 classic, African American Christian Worship, Melva Wilson Costen, again delights her reader with a lively history and theology of the African American worship experience. Drawing upon careful scholarship and engaging stories, Dr. Costen details the global impact on African American worship by media, technology, and new musical styles. She expands her discussion of ritual practices in African communities and clarifies some of the ritual use of music in worship. In keeping with recent congregational practices, Dr. Costen will also provide general orders of worship suitable for a variety of denominational settings.

In Spirit and in Truth: The Music of African American Worship
by Melva Wilson Costen

Melva Wilson Costen examines various genres of music used in African American worship and current practices and emerging trends in music ministry in African American churches. In addition, she explores the use of global songs by African American congregations and provides suggestions to worship planners for listening for the Holy Spirit as they prepare for worship.

What We Love About the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?
by William Crouch & Joel Gregory

This book is the testimony of two white pastors who are eager to share the best practices they have discovered from their years of ministry with the black church and relationships among African American Christian leaders. Many of those leaders now add their voices to Bill and Joel s testimony, providing a witness to recognize and celebrate the blessings and wisdom of the black church. Topics include recognized legacy of preaching and social justice, but also encompass gifts of encouragement, gratitude, mentoring, and honoring one s elders. Among the many featured contributors are Sheila Bailey, Cynthia Hale, Donald Hilliard, A. Louis Patterson, Gina Stewart, and Ralph Douglas West.

Church Planting in the African-American Context
by Hozell C. Francis

One in every six churches in the United States is African-American. So, given the church's central role in the black community, why is the number of unchurched African-Americans increasing? How can you plant a church that proclaims with power and relevance the unchanging gospel to our changing African-American culture? Drawing from his wealth of experience, Hozell Francis gives you both the theory and practice for raising up a church in today's black community. You'll find out how to: - Shape a …

Church Growth from an African American Perspective
by Donald Hilliard

Renowned for preaching, and the growth of his church, Cathedral International, from 125 members to over 7,000 today, Bishop Donald Hilliard shows church leaders how to grow spiritually healthy congregations. Among the topics covered: an understanding of healthy vs. unhealthy church growth the mega-church phenomenon satellite, extension churches and new church plants prophetic preaching purposeful prayer having the right foundation for growth, including: vision the centrality of Christ biblical preaching the priority of holy living sound doctrine being people-oriented rather than program-oriented the importance of tithing good Christian education Completing the resource is a list of ideas for programs and activities that, based on his experience, will enable churches to become all that God wants them to be.

Growth Strategies For Traditional African American Churches
by Earl C. Johnson

Johnson discusses ways in which traditional African American churches can make a comeback. He posits that the ten strategies outlined in the book can assist any church in making a comeback. These strategies are: leadership, community, research, technology, worship, evangelism, outreach, preaching, youth ministry, prayer, and organizational structure.

The New Wine Experience: A Leadership Model For Church Planting in the African-American Context
by Jermaine N. Johnson

The New Wine Experience is a leadership development resource has the potential to bring revival, redemption and revitalization to your church, ministry leaders and organization. The content within the New Wine Experience has the ability to correct and build upon a legacy that has influenced and provided an identity for countless generations. It was Jesus mission and purpose to bring redemption and restoration: Do not think that I came to destroy but to fulfill. Moreover, these images of cloth …

Wake Up: Hip Hop Christianity and the Black Church
by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan & Marion Hall

First an expression of black urban youth, Hip Hop music continues to expand as a cultural expression of youth and, now, young adults more generally. As a cultural phenomenon, it has even become integral to the worship experience of a growing number of churches who are reaching out to these groups. This includes not just African American churches but churches of all ethnic groups. Once seen as advocating violence, Hip Hop can be the Churchs agent of salvation and praise to transform society and …

Pro-Black, Pro-Christ, Pro-Cross: African-Descended Evangelical Identity
by Walter Arthur McCray

Pro-Black, Pro-Christ, Pro-Cross defines. It advocates authentic definition for Blacks of an Evangelical persuasion-those who are intentional and labeled, or incipient and latent in the Black Church. It positively presents Black Evangelical faith by defining a pro-Black self-determination in Christ that is missional from African-America into the world. Scripture permeates this holistic conversation, as it wrestles with issues that are germane to American Blacks. It weaves the racial and cultural, the biblical and theological, and esteems Blackness-in color and physical characteristics; in culture and consciousness; in agenda and purpose, in love. It integrates historical Black racial-cultural constants, essential Black theological beliefs, and the cross of redemption in African-American experience. "Black Evangelical Identity," in paradigm-definition, is unique. This literary tool fashions a holistic model of an African-descended faith-community-distinctive in culture and core beliefs. The statement gives formation to being and becoming a people of God who are genuinely both "Black and Evangelical," both reconciled and diverse in the Church.

Go Grow Your Church!: Spiritual Leadership for African American Congregations
by James F. Miller

A guide to help new pastors, seasoned pastors, and lay leaders of African American congregations in administration and spiritual leadership of their churches. It offers administrative advice, suggests methods, and maps out an implementtion process. Miller, drawing from his many years of experience as a pastor of a congregation he grew from 150 to 2,300 members, actually takes into consideration how these congregations will respond to the methods and skillfully connects the elements of spiritual growth with the practical aspects of church ministry.

Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities
by Ronald E. Peters & Marsha Snulligan Haney, editors

In a pluralistic world where the tendency is to dismiss or silence ethnic and racial differences, Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities offers invaluable insight into the ordering of urban congregational life, Christian ministry, and urban missiology from a worldview perspective that values the centrality of African people. Theological leaders and framers of African American religious studies, such as the following persons provide provocative insight for theological reflection and praxis: Gayraud Wilmore (The Black Church); J. Deotis Roberts (Africentric Christianity); Katie Geneva Cannon (Diaspora Ethics); and Cain Hope Fielder (New Testament Studies). The opening and closing chapters by co-editors Ronald Edward Peters and Marsha Snulligan Haney provide a critical knowledge base that frames Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry. In light of the rapidly changing nature of Christianity globally (non-Western and non-European), this is a significant study on African American religious consciousness and urban praxis.

The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era
by Anthony B. Pinn

Pinn describes themes in the history of the Black Church as well as the major beliefs and forms of worship that define this tradition. He then focuses on the practices of the Black Church, especially as it has engaged in issues of economic development and justice, and struggles with such issues as the full inclusion of women, sexuality, and health. Throughout, Pinn highlights the important and creative tension between "spiritual" and "mundane" concerns to which the Black Church must respond and by which it is shaped.

The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide
by Emmett G. Price, III, editor

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Black Church stood as the stronghold of the Black Community, fighting for equality and economic self-sufficiency and challenging its body to be self-determined and self-aware. Hip Hop Culture grew from disenfranchised urban youth who felt that they had no support system or resources. Impassioned with the same urgent desires for survival and hope that their parents and grandparents had carried, these youth forged their way from the bottom of America's belly one rhyme at a time. For many young people, Hip Hop Culture is a supplement, or even an alternative, to the weekly dose of Sunday-morning faith. In this collection of provocative essays, leading thinkers, preachers, and scholars from around the country confront both the Black Church and the Hip Hop Generation to realize their shared responsibilities to one another and the greater society. Arranged into three sections, this volume addresses key issues in the debate between two of the most significant institutions of Black Culture. The first part, "From Civil Rights to Hip Hop," explores the transition from one generation to another through the transmission-or lack thereof-of legacy and heritage. Part II, "Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church in Dialogue," explores the numerous ways in which the conversation is already occurring-from sermons to theoretical examinations and spiritual ponderings. Part III, "Gospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrix," clarifies the perspectives and insi…

Church Planting in the African-American Community
by Joe Samuel Ratliff & Michael J. Cox

In this valuable resource, widely regarded church planting authorities Joe Ratliff and Michael Cox ask the question, How did we get all of these black churches in the inner city, anyway? What they uncover is the greatest untold church planting story of the twenty-first century. Their journey of discovery will lead you to a blueprint for church planting including practical, detailed, and invaluable advice for churches and their leaders whether you are either already in the process of sponsoring a…

African American Church Growth: 12 Principles of Prophetic Ministry
by Carlyle Fielding Stewart

Filling a need not previously addressed, African American Church Growth contends that it is the prophetic consciousness which appeals to many blacks of the post-civil rights era, and that emphasis on the prophetic will help bring the black church out of the disillusionment of a "post-civil rights malaise". Carlyle Fielding Stewart defines prophetic ministry as a concern for wholeness of the individual and community. Going beyond a simple call for social justice, the author addresses both spiritual and social tyrannies, within and without the church, that preclude church growth in our center cities and rural communities. Dr. Stewart demonstrates with practical examples how tyranny can be overcome in thriving black churches.

African American Worship: New Eyes for Seeing
by Frederick Hilborn Talbot

One of America's most prominent worship leaders allows us to go on a liturgical journey with him. Out of his experience, Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot provides an exciting and useful guide for church leaders who understand that revitalizing worship is central to revitalizing the church itself. In African American Worship: New Eyes for Seeing, Talbot balances the cultural setting of African American churches and the wider experience of the church universal through the ages. He draws together h…

The Future of the African American Church: An Invitation to Dialogue
by Ralph Basui Watkins & Justin G. West

What is the future of African American churches? Authors Ralph Watkins and Justin West dont claim to have a crystal ball. They dont come with a corrective prescription for what the African American church should be. Instead, they come to the conversation as Christian leaders who love the black church as family -- and who want to talk about what the church can be. The Future of the African American Church invites elders and young leaders alike to the table to discuss, "How does the church serve the present age?" How can , "prophetic, " churches and , ""praise, " churches come together to reimagine ministry? What can each tradition learn from the other -- and what gifts do we together have to offer the people of God in the world? Featuring a discussion on the highly debated question "Is the black church dead or alive?" this book offers a new, thought-provoking perspective for reflection and action.

Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme
by Ralph Basui Watkins

Hip hop culture is experiencing a sea change today that has implications for evangelism, worship, and spiritual practices. Yet Christians have often failed to interpret this culture with sensitivity. Sociologist, preacher, pop culture expert, and D.J. Ralph Watkins understands that while there is room for a critique of mainstream hip hop and culture, by listening more intently to the music's story listeners can hear a prophet crying out, sharing the pain of a generation that feels as though it hasn't been heard. His accessible, balanced engagement reveals what is inherently good and redeeming in hiphop and rap music and uses that culture as a lens to open up the power of the Bible for ministry to a generation.

Leading Your African American Church Through Pastoral Transitions
by Ralph C. Watkins

A practical resource for church leaders who have responsibility for ushering a congregation through a pastoral transition. Whether the outgoing pastor s departure is planned or unexpected, whether the new pastor is assigned or elected, author Ralph Watkins shares helpful insights, practical strategies, and biblical principles to help clergy, their family, and their congregation negotiate the change in leadership. Features a half-dozen ministry profiles based on interviews with pastors and church…

Evangelism, Discipleship & Missions in Black Communities

To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church
by Danielle Ayers & Reginald Williams

At a time when the African American church is increasingly associated with the controversial prosperity gospel, pastors Danielle Ayers and Reginald Williams remind black church leaders of the prophetic call to do justice. Exploring first the biblical foundations for justice work that goes beyond charity, the authors also recall the storied history of the black churchs leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. From there, this practical resource establishes the contemporary need for justice ministries in the congregation and the community. From initiatives of care and education to programs of action and collaboration, discover the transforming impact the church can have on society, culture, and community through diverse social justice ministries. Features Spotlights on real-life ministries and initiatives, common justice issues, and a resource guide to assist in the creation and sustaining of ministries of justice.

An African Tree of Life (American Society of Missiology)
by Thomas G. Christensen

An African Tree of Life demonstrates how mission involves not only a "bringing-to" people, but a "discovering-of" those deep symbols in human culture and God's creation which, in light of the Gospel, draw humanity to Christ. This book, in a scholarly yet intriguing way, explores the stories and rituals of the Gbaya people of the Cameroon and the Central African Republic. These deep symbols are typically centered, not in the esoteric or exotic, but in the familiar and everyday. Christensen focuses on the especial importance of the peace-bringing tree of life -- the sore tree -- central to the lives and worship of the Gbaya. "Gbaya Christians," says Christensen, "offer to North American Christians fresh and hope-filled images, rich metaphors, new and yet familiar to us." Thus, An African Tree of Life is an important book not only for theologians, missiologists, and Africanists, but for all those concerned with issues of contextualization and seeking life-giving symbols in the quest to communicate the Gospel message.

Reaching,Teaching and Growing African-American Believers
by George Champion

Reaching, Teaching and Growing African American Believers is a well written book to promote Christian Education in all churches and particularly African American Churches, for Adults, Youth and Children. By George L. Champion, Sr.

Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture
by Michael Eric Dyson

A former welfare father from the ghetto of Detroit, Michael Eric Dyson is today a critic, scholar, and ordained Baptist minister who has forged a unique role: he is a compelling spokesman for the concerns of the black community, and also a leader who has a genuine rapport with that community, particularly with urban youth. In his essays, lectures, sermons, and books, he has emerged as one of the leading African-American voices of our day. Dyson's passion for contemporary black culture informs Between God and Gangsta' Rap, his latest foray into the ongoing debate about African-American identity which embraces the hopes of the church and the cool reality of hip-hop. Bringing together writings on music, religion, politics, and identity, and offering a multi-faceted view of black life, the book charts the progress of Dyson's own soul, from his roots in the Detroit ghetto, to his current status as a Baptist minister, professor, cultural critic, husband, and father. Dyson opens with a letter to his brother, who is serving life in prison on a murder charge. This painful piece reveals a violence in the author's own family that sets the tone for themes that will emerge throughout these writings: violence on the black body and soul; the redemptive power of hope through school, church, and family; sexuality as a source of anguish and of joy; and the struggle with entrenched white racism. There is a section of wonderful profiles Dyson calls "Testimonials"--studies of black men, from O.J…

The Health and Wellness Ministry in the African American Church
by Edwin H. Hamilton

Edwin H.Hamilton, M.D., D.Min., writes this provocative book introducing and establishing throughout the Black Church a program of Preventive Health Education through a Health and Wellness Ministry. Riggins R. Earl, Jr., Ph.D., noted theologian/philosopher, writes an insightful introduction based on Booker T.Washington's teachings. The prevailing spiritual thought embodies I Corinthians 6:19: "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?" A three-part Model-in-Ministry design comprises the Minister of Health and Wellness‚¬Preventive Health Education and Community Health Outreach. These are explained for Health Ministers and laity alike. The ministry's theological foundation is presented succinctly. The planning of the Ministry and The Community Health Fair is clearly explained. The summary and conclusions give precise points regarding the ministry. Empowering course outlines for the Health and Wellness Ministry give concise pathways for any church to use for Health Ministry establishment. A chapter on Water and two of the author's sermons from the Hampton University Ministers' Conference are included in this new edition.

Religious Education in the African American Tradition: A Comprehensive Introduction
by Kenneth Hill

This book is a comprehensive survey of African American Christian Religious Education (AACRE). It addresses historical, theological, and ministerial issues. Kenneth H. Hill defines concepts and explores history, considers the diverse voices that are addressing AACRE, and focuses on educational theory and practice. Religious Education in the African American Tradition considers a diversity of voices, including those of evangelical, pentecostal, liberation, and womanist African American theologians.

Strategies for Educating African American Children (Teaching for Spiritual Growth)
by Judith St. Clair Hull

Ideal for teachers of African American children ages six through eleven. Educators will be equipped with tools to create powerful, Afro-centric curriculum for their students. Topics covered in the book include:. Contemporary learning theories, Personality development of primary and junior students, Effective African American teaching styles, and Addressing the spiritual needs of African American children.

African American Church: Waking Up to God's Missionary Call
by Leonidas Johnson

In the pages of this book, Rev. Leonidas A. Johnson eloquently shares how Gods missionary call, like an aromatic stew, has been simmering within the African American church. According to him, The African American church will play a critical role in spreading the gospel message to people groups living in areas of the world that represent the last strongholds and citadels of satanic power attempting to stop Gods Mission.

Evangelism In The African American Community: An Evangelism Tool For Today's Church
by Louis Jones

Evangelism In The African-American Community offers a message of hope and a plan of action for those who are truly concerned about the future of the African-American church. It is written in a way that challenges mainline churches and their parishioners to confront and respond to the issues relevant to reaching a new generation of African-Americans. Dr. Jones' bold approach to evangelism is one that can be emulated by any person who has a desire to share his or her faith with others. This book will help you and your congregation successfully navigate change that will result in rewards which far exceed the risk.

Evangelism and Discipleship in African-American Churches
by Lee June & Matthew Parker, editors

The church is the crucial center of the African-American community. Yet, while countless books have addressed individual aspects of church life, no comprehensive resource has existed that expertly explores the full scope of African-American church ministry. Until now. Written in the proven format of the Institute for Black Family Development, Evangelism and Discipleship in African-American Churches supplies a wealth of insight on winning and building disciples for Jesus Christ in the Black community. In five parts, this book covers: - history of African-American Evangelism - Taking the Lead in Evangelism and Discipleship - Training Laborers for Evangelism and Discipleship - Practicing Evangelism and Discipleship at Home and at College - Going into the Field. The contributors are all noted authorities on their topics, which range from the church's role in evangelism to Christian education to youth and college ministry to the workplace and more. Here at last is a guidebook for pastors, evangelists, teachers, and church workers who have longed for a complete, one-step resource to help their church fulfill the Great Commission.

Reaching African-American Muslims for Christ
by Josh Liano

Josh Llano's book presents ministry guidelines to the Nation of Islam and African-American Orthodox Muslims. This "relational evangelism" identifies Jesus as the savior of all races, colors, and ethnic groups.

Strategies for Educating African American Adults (Teaching for Spiritual Growth)
by Alvin Lewis

Strategies for Educating African American Adults is an engaging, enlightening, and challenging look at how to help Christian adults teach, learn, and prepare for effective ministry in the African American church and community. The book is an important reference as it outlines practical, easy-to-follow techniques that will enhance and revive your Christian education program. After reading this book, you will better understand the heritage and future of Christian education in the Black church, distinguish the characteristics of the Buster, Boomer, and Builder generations, and be better equipped to overcome the obstacles of ministering to families.

African Immigrants: Living A Godly Life
by Felicia Oguntomilade

This book serves as an adventure into the hidden heritage of the typical African. It shows Africans as people of courage with noble history and culture. It reveals conditions that make many Africans migrate into others lands in attempt to attain their respective goals. An essential purpose of this book is to reinforce the good values that stem from African heritage - heritage that is perhaps unappreciated within modern western culture, and yet, heritage that is closely interlaced with Christian values. It is also an attempt to encourage Africans to run away from the negative aspects of western culture and assimilate the Biblical laws as prescribed by the Omniscient God, to whom all creatures will eventually give an account. This book is inspirational and educational. It is also historical and cultural. Readers will be informed, challenged and inspired. Souls will be touched.

New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations
by F. Douglas Powe Jr.

God wants to do a new thing in the African American Church. Author, Douglas Powe suggests that the African American church, while once the bedrock of the community, is no longer on the radar for many. During the Civil Rights movement African American churches initiated and even shaped transformation for an entire country, well beyond their own walls. In this post-Civil Rights era the power of many African American churches remains mired in the assumptions and practices of the past, thereby making them invisible to their surrounding communities. New Wine, New Wineskins helps African American congregations understand and benefit from the cultural shifts we are now experiencing. Many African American churches once thought they were immune to the cultural shock waves in our streets and neighborhoods. They simple argued that they have always been all about participation and being relational; yet like many churches, their numbers continue to decline. African American churches must find a way to reclaim their missional orientation, while at the same time remaining true to their historical identity and witness of speaking truth to power. The worthy goals of justice and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ in this time, requires new practices and fresh ideas -- new wine. The old framework just won't work any more. We need new wine skins.

From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church
by Benjamin Stephens III, Ralph C. Watkin

"The church needs young adults and young adults need the church," the authors assert. This book is a call to respond to both of those needs--to challenge the African American church to reach out to the lost generation of young adults and to equip congregations with the insights and tools needed to teach the gospel to the postmodern, post-civil rights, post-soul generation. Acknowledging that young adulthood now encompasses ages 18-39, Ralph Watkins and Benjamin Stephens explore the issues and offer the words of young adults themselves as testimony to the spiritual longing and critique of the aging church's ministry

Profiles of African-American Missionaries
by Robert Stevens & Brian Johnson

Profiles of African-American Missionaries features the lives and ministries of the great African-Americans who have gone to the world with the message of Christ. It is a collection of stories sharing the ministries of several African-American missionary pioneers from the 1700 to the present, dealing with all the social and ministry issues that they had to face here and abroad. Readers will be inspired by the dedication and commitment of these great African-Americans, as they lived out Gods great commission to go into all the world and make disciples of all people. It will inspire and challenge all readers to greater personal involvement in Gods worldwide mission.

Black spirituality and Black conciousness: Soul Force, Culture and Freedom in the African-American Experience
by Carlyle Fielding Stewart, II

Contrary to some misguided perceptions about the religion of black folk, African-American Spirituality plays a vital role in the formation and practice of black freedom in American. While social and political freedom are important quests in the African-American experience of freedom, black Americans have managed to created a unique experience of freedom that embraces black spirituality and black culture as essential elements for building personal identity consolidating community and determining their destiny. This freedom has also created a unique cultural archive of the black culture soul which shapes the consciousness and values of black Americans as a people of God of inherent worth and power who have surmounted the relentless storms of adversity. Black spirituality affirms, negates and transcends aspects of Anglo-American culture, creates and sustains African-American culture and establishes psychological and spiritual relocation in response to oppression and various systems of devaluation in American society. A central thesis of this book is that African-American spirituality, by the way it shapes, informs and strengthens black life, creates a unique matrix of freedom that accentuates the power, resiliency and creativity of black people as the means of overcoming their plight. At the heart of this paradigm of freedom is the courage to create and construct a positive reality which has enabled Africans to develop a spiritual gift of resourcefulness that compels to identify, define, confront and transform those forces of evil and oppression that have instigated their demise. Thus the creation of a culture of spirituality and a spirituality of culture through creative and resistant soul force. And cultural creativity has aided the sanity, survival and well-being that has also contributed to a practice of freedom emulated in the world community.

Discipleship for African American Christians: A Journey Through the Church Covenant
by William C. Turner

These discipleship studies take one of the most visible documents in black Baptist churches as an occasion to reflect on the meaning of the Christian walk for today's believers. An ideal resource for new church members or for others who want to understand more about the nature of the faith they are proclaiming, this thorough discipleship resource ends each chapter with a summary of key points, as well as questions for reflection intended to help readers understand and apply the lessons found in …

African-American Experience in World Mission : A Call Beyond Community
by Vaughn J. Walston & Robert J. Stevens, editors

Venture into the world of overseas missions from an African-American perspective. This collection of articles takes you deep into the history of missions in the African-American community. You will learn of the struggles to stay connected to the world of missions in spite of great obstacles. You will read of unique cultural experiences while traveling abroad. You will feel the heart for fulfilling the Great Commission - both in the African-American community and beyond.

The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation
by Ralph C. Watkins,

Each generation brings new challenges and opportunities to the church. One such challenge/ opportunity facing the black church today comes in the form of the hip hop generation. Hip hop is DJing and MCing, break dancing and rapping; street art, street talk, and street smarts. It has its own language, its own look, its own consciousness. Hip hop is a culture and an identity, and for many African American churches, hip hop and its generation are both disturbing and frightening. Church leaders are asking: How do we understand and reach this generation? How can we as African Americans embrace something that makes us look so bad? Can one live hip hop and still be a Christian? Ralph C. Watkins and his fellow contributors address these questions and more in this timely and important new resource. They offer sociological, theological, and biblical perspectives and respond from their experiences creating The Gospel Remix in their own congregations and communities. In addition, they provide candid ministry profiles of the hip hop pastor as prophet, father, peer, and model professional.

In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church
by Anne Streaty Wimberly & Evelyn L. Parker, editors

A guide for pastors, church leaders, and all who help African Americans in their search for a meaningful Christian lifestyle. Forming Christians--leading fallen and flawed human beings into the path of discipleship to a crucified and risen Lord--is one of the central, if not the central, tasks of all Christian churches. It is a difficult enough task anywhere, but for African Americans, beset by racial conflict, personal crises, generational separation, and other concerns, it is especially so. African American churches must work particularly hard to counter the messages their members receive from the dominant and often unfriendly culture. This book employs the biblical text and African tradition to draw on the idea of the search for wisdom as a potent way to help African Americans in their pursuit of genuine Christian discipleship. Wisdom in African American tradition is not simply knowledge; rather, it is those insights, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors,and practices that create and sustain a life of hope and that produce an inherent sense of the worth of one's self. If their members are to engage in the search for wisdom, African American churches must build an intentional ministry of faith formation. Wisdom can be gained, the authors argue, when African Americans listen to the black oral tradition with its proverbial sayings, revered Bible stories, songs, and narratives from the lives of exemplary individuals. The book offers several similar avenues for the search for wisdo…

Family Ministry in Black Communities

Family Ties: Restoring Unity in the African American Family
by Colleen Birchett

Family Ties: Restoring Unity in the African American Family explains through Christ, black families can experience wholeness by overcoming the real issues of racism, classism, and economic uncertainty as each member develops his or her spiritual and ethnic identity.

Balm For Gilead: Pastoral Advocacy for African American Families Experiencing Abuse
by Toinette Eugene

Balm for Gilead expands our understanding of the role of the Black Church as an agent of care and reconciliation for African American families experiencing the results of child and domestic abuse. Crossing the disciplinary boundaries of pastoral care, theology, and ethics, this book provides a major examination of core issues of family violence. The authors maintain that the contemporary Black Church must provide more extensive professional and ethical training and education for its pastoral care givers through a multisystems approach to effective forms of ministry for African American families. Using case studies from individuals who have experienced abuse or who struggle with the reality of domestic violence, Balm for Gilead identifies and explores theological and ethical themes that are crucial for understanding and revitalizing the pastoral care of African American families who suffer because of child and domestic abuse. Illuminating the dynamics of abuse in these families, and challenging the silence and helplessness surrounding their pain, this cross-cultural work will have a profound effect on all whose lives have been touched by this social and personal evil. Balm for Gilead is indispensable for pastoral leaders whose ministry and profession is often the only hope of healing and reconciliation available or acceptable of African American families.

Ministry With Prisoners & Families: The Way Forward
by W. Wilson Goode

This edited volume considers the impact of incarceration on the African American community and the biblical mandate for an intentional response from the church. The book features model ministries that address incarceration, prisoner reentry, and the care of their families and includes strategies for a political advocacy ministry around issues in criminal justice reform. With contributors who include scholars, ministry practitioners, pastors, and formerly incarcerated individuals, this unique resource offers a paradigm for prisoner ministry that goes beyond traditional worship and Bible study programs to create an authentic relational encounter‚¬not only with prisoners but with their families, from the time of incarceration to the transition back into home, church, and society.

Multidimensional Ministry for Today's Black Family
by Johnny B. Hill, editor

A holistic view of the multiple dimensions of black family life is offered in this resource. It has practical steps for establishing, organizing, and maintaining a thriving family life ministry in local congregations. It gives models of churches engaged in ministry to black families and offers ideas for establishing critical links and partnerships with local and federal agencies. It also includes non-profits and for-profit resources and the contribution of many experts in a variety of fields. It…

Developing Strong Black Male Ministries
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Concrete solutions to real-world problems are discussed in this guidebook for church officers on how to increase the involvement of African American males in the ministry. From drugs and prison to health and homosexuality, this treatise investigates the needs and trends of African American males, the steps the church has taken to address these issues, and modern troubles relating to involvement in the church.

God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens
by Romal Tune

No one escapes the challenges of childhood, but we can conquer them! Highlighting noted at-risk youth in the Bible and sharing his own story of growing up in poverty amid crime and violence, Rev. Romal Tune details how obstacles can become opportunities through faith. In Gods Graffiti, he will help you: ¢Stop past pain and failure from hindering your future ¢Value good and bad experiences and use them as building blocks for success ¢Deal with your anger and fear to become emotionally whole…

Our Help in Ages Past: The Black Church's Ministry Among the Elderly
by Bobby Joe Saucer

How can the black church fully and successfully forge ahead without recognizing the contributions, wisdom, knowledge, and insight of those who laid the foundation for its existence today? The authors of Our Help in Ages Past proclaim it cannot. Saucer and Elster issue a wake-up call to black churches everywhere: a wake up call to recognize the past and to reap the benefits of all the elderly have to offer, and are waiting to give. Our Help in Ages Past issues a challenge to the members and le…

Mocked, Vilified, and Caricatured: A Theological Response for Clinically Depressed African-American Men
by Britt Starghill

Webster's Dictionary defines an endangered species as a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name {which is} in danger or peril of probable harm or loss. This description applies, in a metaphorical sense, to many African-American men in urban areas who are miseducated by the educational system, mishandled by the criminal justice system, mislabeled by the mental health system, and mistreated by the social welfare system. All major institutions of American society have failed to respond appropriately and effectively to African-American men s needs and problems. Consequently, many African-American men are living with what famed psychologist Kenneth Clark, author of the book Dark Ghetto, coined as the "tangle of pathology"; indicating the moral malaise that produces men whose lives are unequivocally dejected and counter-affluent to most people in the dominant society. The truth is that these men aren't monsters or hopeless fiends; rather, for the most part, they are men who have experienced various societal and personal traumas that have worked to induce a particular form of depression, which largely goes undiagnosed and untreated. This book is an attempt to inform and empower black communities to understand and work toward healing this pattern of chronic self-perpetuating pathology that has engulfed too many African-American men who are now as a consequence living below society s radar screens, working and earning wages illegitimately and illegally, or deteriorating away in prison.

My Brother's Keeper: Church Ministry for Young African American Males
by Samuel White, III

My Brothers' Keeper is a training manual for clergy, laity, parents, teachers, social workers, youth workers, guidance counselors and caring persons who want to develop a Mentoring Program, Rites of Passage, Conflict Resolution Classes, Liberation Lessons and use Rap music to free young, African American males from their spiritual, social, and psychological bondage. Moreover, these ministries will raise their self-esteem, fulfill their paternal deprivation, help them manage their anger, instruct them to be peacemakers, develop their moral consciousness and save their souls. If you are tired of watching our young men wearing sagging pants, rapping with profanity, using the "n" word, dropping out of school, getting high, selling drugs, having children out of wedlock, terrorizing our neighborhood, going to jail, killing one another, then this book is for you. This book will not only tell you what happened to our boys but what you can do about it. For too long we have rejected, ignored, or demonized black boys and asked, "Am I my brothers keeper?" It is time for Christians and people of good will to acknowledge the fact that we are our brothers keeper and do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. It is time for us to heed the words of Jesus, preach good tidings unto the poor; heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and let the oppressed go free.

Honoring African American Elders: A Ministry in the Soul Community
by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly

This book examines the church's vital role in the lives of African American elders and the critical need to prepare church leaders to respond effectively. The authors propose concrete ways for churches to make this type of ministry a reality for the benefit of the elders and the vitality of the whole community.

Keep It Real: Working with Today's Black Youth
by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, editor

Offers the "village of hope" as a framework where pastors and leaders offer the church as a place of support, guidance, and accountability for youth, parents, and other adults who are raising today's black youth. The first edition of Working with Black Youth, edited by Charles R. Foster and Grant S. Shockley, was published in 1989. Since that time the challenges for black youth have only intensified and grown in complexity. A burning question of Black churches continues to be: How can we effectively ministry with our youth? Their world is fast-paced, media-centered, techno-savvy, hip-hop, violent, and plagued with HIV/AIDS. The Church wants to guide youth toward a Christian identity with values for wise decision-making. Youth want their questions heard. They want to see hope modeled. They need leadership opportunities. While there are no quick, easy, or singular approaches to working with black youth, there can be a framework to offer vital and relevant youth ministry. This book proposes a comprehensive framework that has evolved over ten years of annual youth and family convocations of the Interdenominational Theological Center as well as youth and family forums and activities related to the Youth Hope-Builders Academy of ITC. The framework builds on the image of the congregation as a "village of hope" where pastors and leaders get real to offer the church as a place of support, guidance, and accountability for youth, parents, and other adults who are raising today's black youth. Contributors: Daniel O. Black, Philip Dunston, Maisha I. Handy, Michael T. McQueen, Tapiwa Mucherera, Elizabeth J. Walker, Herbert R. Marbury, Annette R. Marbury, and Anne E. Streaty Wimberly

Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope
by Annie Wimberly, Sandra Barnes, Karma Johnson

Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is the bridge between youth leaders desire for holistic and relevant ministry and the hope-centered leadership necessary to make it happen. Wimberly, Barnes and Johnson recognize the challenges of youth ministry and offer effective strategies in three key areas: Ministry leadership; Ministry programs; Congregational support. Using Scripture, case illustrations, anecdotes, best practices, and reflection points, this resource is practical and beneficial for leaders, pastors and parents. Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is sure to renew the vision and promise of youth ministry in churches.

Pastoral Ministry in Black Communities

Counseling in African-American Communities
by Lee June & Sabrina Black, editors

The gospel brings liberty to men, women, and children bound by every conceivable sin and affliction. Psychology provides a tool for applying the power of the gospel in practical ways. Drawing on biblical truths and psychological principles, Counseling in African-American Communities helps us---Christian counselors, pastors, and church leaders---to meet the deep needs of our communities with life-changing effect. Marshaling the knowledge and experience of experts in the areas of addiction, family issues, mental health, and other critical issues, this no-nonsense handbook supplies distinctively African-American insights on the problems tearing lives and families apart all around us: Domestic Abuse Gambling Addiction Blended Families Sexual Addiction and the Internet Depression and Bipolar Disorder Divorce Recovery Unemployment Sexual Abuse and Incest Demonology Grief and Loss Schizophrenia Substance Abuse . . . and much more

Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction
by Robert Kellemen & Karole Edwards

The African American Church has always helped hurting and hardened people through the personal and corporate ministries of sustaining, healing, reconciling, and guiding. This four-dimensional model is the traditional and widely recognized pattern for understanding lay spiritual friendship, pastoral care, and professional Christian counseling. Beyond the Suffering seeks to uncover the buried treasure of wisdom about soul care and spiritual direction contained in the history of African American Christianity. Written with the blended perspectives of an African American woman and a Caucasian man, Beyond the Suffering offers an in-depth exploration of this rich tradition, showing Christians proven ways to help people find hope in the midst of deep pain and sorrow. Pastors, counselors, and lay people, as well as African Americans hungry for the legacy of their ancestors, will appreciate both the history and the practical applications found in this book.

I Believe I'll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching
by Cleophus James LaRue

Cleo LaRue is one of the best-loved preachers and writers about preaching. In past volumes, he has brought together great collections of African American preaching to showcase the best preaching from across the country. Here he offers his own insights into what makes for great preaching. Filled with telling anecdotes, LaRue's book recognizes that while great preaching comes from somewhere, it also must go somewhere, so preachers need to use the most artful language to send the Word on its jou…

Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons
by Cleophus James LaRue

In this book, scholar and preacher Cleophus J. LaRue brings together the voices of twelve of America's most influential African-American preachers. Each of these renowned preachers describes his or her method of sermon preparation and includes a sample sermon for illustration. An excellent how-to manual for pastors and students, Power in the Pulpit is both sage wisdom on the art of preaching and an inspiring look at some of the most prominent figures in the black churc

Celebration and Experience in Preaching
by Henry H. Mitchell

The classic text on preaching, revised and updated to meet the needs of a new generation of preachers. Henry H. Mitchells great contribution to the study of preaching has been his insistence that the homiletical practices of the Black church are gifts to the whole church. Nowhere has he made this point more forcefully than in Celebration and Experience in Preaching. In this classic text he advocates a way of preaching that genuinely engages all aspects of the congregations attention, especially the ability to both understand and to feel the sermons message. In this revised edition Mitchell builds on this groundbreaking work by examining in greater depth the multiple ways in which we experience the preached word, by defining the different kinds of claim on the behavior of the hearer that biblical texts express, and by exploring various genres of sermon to discover the concrete manifestations of celebration and experience.

Biblical Counseling With African-Americans: Taking a Ride in the Ethiopian's Chariot
by Clarence Walker

This book is a practical and biblical guide for all who engage in counseling African-Americans. Its purpose is to set forth the issues, principles, and interventions of counseling, especially in terms of marriage counseling and family therapy. Clarence Walker provides a framework for the book in the biblical story of the apostle Philip and the Ethiopian charioteer as recounted in the book of Acts. In Walker's view this story involves the same issues that confront African-Americans today. Specifically, in Part 1 Walker sees seven challenges that Philip faces as a "Christian counselor": - Ethnicity . . . - Socio-economics - Gender . . .- Environment - Sexuality . . . - Religion - Power -- Part 2 builds on this foundation to develop ten biblical principles for an effective therapeutic process -- all recognizable in the interaction between Philip and the Ethiopian. These include -- - Directive engaging . . . - Explorative questioning - Affective joining . . . - Positive terminating - Active listening . . . - Cooperative involving -- Part 3 explains biblical techniques for treatment. Five approaches are offered to use with couples, and three are presented for counseling individuals.

Preaching Funerals in the Black Church: Bringing Perspective to Pain
by Peter M. Wherry

What I propose here is a new approach to preaching funerals, pastor, scholar, and author Peter Wherry explains, an approach that is pastoral, holistic, and healing. In this new book, pastors and preachers will discover more than conventional homiletics theory about mechanics and methodology. In it, the author envisions anew the content of preaching in the shadow of death. Learn to transform the moment into an incarnational engagement between the grieving individuals and the risen Christ. Inte…

African American pastoral care
by Edward P. Wimberly

In this major revision of his classic book, Dr. Edward Wimberly updates his narrative methodology by examining current issues in African American pastoral care and counseling. "In this new edition, Ed Wimberly reconfigures what comprehensive care means for the African American struggle for dignity and proposes pastoral care approaches to the crisis of disconnection. Using his own narrative, Wimberly courageously describes how pastors and churches can claim a new narrative method for reestablish…

Counseling African American Marriages and Families
by Edward P. Wimberly

Important questions face any pastoral counselor when working with African American couples and families. Edward Wimberly focuses on the religious worldview that African Americans bring to their understanding of marriage and family, so that the counselor can learn the assumptions behind the presenting problems. Wimberly's treatment examines the social context of African American families, the separate issues for men and women, intergenerational factors, the impact of the life cycle, sexuality, af…

About African & African-American Religion

The African Christian Diaspora: New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity
by Afe Adogame

The last three decades have witnessed a rapid proliferation of African Christian communities, particularly in Europe and North American diaspora, thus resulting in the remapping of old religious landscapes. This migratory trend and development bring to the fore the crucial role, functions and import of religious symbolic systems in new geo-cultural contexts. The trans-national linkages between African-led churches in the countries of origin (Africa) and the "host" societies are assuming increasing importance for African immigrants. The links and networks that are established and maintained between these contexts are of immense religious, cultural, economic, political and social importance. This suggests how African Christianities can be understood within processes of religious transnationalism and African modernity. Based on extensive religious ethnography undertaken by the author among African Christian communities in Europe, the USA and Africa in the last 17 years, this book maps and describes the incipience and consolidation of new brands of African Christianities in diaspora. The book demonstrates how African Christianities are negotiating and assimilating notions of the global while maintaining their local identities.

The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo
by Cecile Fromont

Between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries, the west central African kingdom of Kongo practiced Christianity and actively participated in the Atlantic world as an independent, cosmopolitan realm. Drawing on an expansive and largely unpublished set of objects, images, and documents, Cecile Fromont examines the advent of Kongo Christian visual culture and traces its development across four centuries marked by war, the Atlantic slave trade, and, finally, the rise of nineteenth-century European colonialism. By offering an extensive analysis of the religious, political, and artistic innovations through which the Kongo embraced Christianity, Fromont approaches the country's conversion as a dynamic process that unfolded across centuries. The African kingdom's elite independently and gradually intertwined old and new, local and foreign religious thought, political concepts, and visual forms to mold a novel and constantly evolving Kongo Christian worldview. Fromont sheds light on the cross-cultural exchanges between Africa, Europe, and Latin America that shaped the early modern world, and she outlines the religious, artistic, and social background of the countless men and women displaced by the slave trade from central Africa to all corners of the Atlantic world.

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction
by Eddie S. Gaude, Jr.

Since the first African American denomination was established in Philadelphia in 1818, churches have gone beyond their role as spiritual guides in African American communities and have served as civic institutions, spaces for education, and sites for the cultivation of individuality and identities in the face of limited or non-existent freedom. In this Very Short Introduction, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. explores the history and circumstances of African American religion through three examples: conjure, African American Christianity, and African American Islam. He argues that the phrase "African American religion" is meaningful only insofar as it describes how through religion, African Americans have responded to oppressive conditions including slavery, Jim Crow apartheid, and the pervasive and institutionalized discrimination that exists today. This bold claim frames his interpretation of the historical record of the wide diversity of religious experiences in the African American community. He rejects the common tendency to racialize African American religious experiences as an inherent proclivity towards religiousness and instead focuses on how religious communities and experiences have developed in the African American community and the context in which these developments took place.

Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa
by Paul Christopher Johnson

By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna, historically known as the Black Caribs, from the Central American coast of the Caribbean. It is estimated that one-third of the Garifuna have migrated to New York City over the past fifty years. Paul Christopher Johnson compares Garifuna spirit possession rituals performed in Honduran villages with those conducted in New York, and what emerges is a compelling picture of how the Garifuna engage ancestral spirits across multiple diasporic horizons. His study sheds new light on the ways diasporic religions around the world creatively plot itineraries of spatial memory that at once recover and remold their histories.

Introduction to African Religion
by John Mbiti

In the light of new knowledge and the ever-increasing interest in African religions, this popular introduction has now been revised and updated to include: a section on African proverbs, showing the religious and ethical insights handed down through oral tradition; new photographs reflecting the spread of African religions across the African continent; and a fully expanded reading list.

African American Religious Cultures
by Anthony B. Pinn (Editor

Like no previous reference, African American Religious Cultures captures the full scope of African American religious identity, tracing the long history of African American engagement with spiritual practice while exploring the origins and complexities of current religious traditions.This breakthrough encyclopedia offers alphabetically organized entries on every major spiritual belief system as it has evolved among African American communities, covering its beginnings, development, major doctrinal points, rituals, important figures, and defining moments. In addition, the work illustrates how the social and economic realities of life for African Americans have shaped beliefs across the spectrum of religious cultures.

African American religious history
by Milton C. Sernet, editor

This widely-heralded collection of remarkable documents offers a view of African American religious history from Africa and early America through Reconstruction to the rise of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of today. The documents‚¬many of them rare, out-of-print, or difficult to find‚¬include personal narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic accounts, and theological statements. In this volume Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo religion. Lemuel Haynes gives a black Puritans farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee becomes a female preacher among the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches among the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs reports on the work of Baptist women. African Methodist bishops deliberate on the Great Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal experience. Mahalia Jackson recalls the glory of singing at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail. Originally published in 1985, this expanded second edition includes new sources on women, African missions, and the Great Migration. Milton C. Sernett provides a general introduction as well as historical context and comment for each document.

Conjuring Culture: Biblical Formations of Black America
by Theophus H. Smith

This book provides a sophisticated new interdisciplinary interpretation of the formulation and evolution of African American religion and culture. Theophus Smith argues for the central importance of "conjure"--a magical means of transforming reality--in black spirituality and culture. Smith shows that the Bible, the sacred text of Western civilization, has in fact functioned as a magical formulary for African Americans. Going back to slave religion, and continuing in black folk practice and literature to the present day, the Bible has provided African Americans with ritual prescriptions for prophetically re-envisioning, and thereby transforming, their history and culture. In effect the Bible is a "conjure book" for prescribing cures and curses, and for invoking extraordinary and Divine powers to effect changes in the conditions of human existence--and to bring about justice and freedom. Biblical themes, symbols, and figures like Moses, the Exodus, the Promised Land, and the Suffering Servant, as deployed by African Americans, have crucially formed and reformed not only black culture, but American society as a whole. Smith examines not only the religious and political uses of conjure, but its influence on black aesthetics, in music, drama, folklore, and literature. The concept of conjure, he shows, is at the heart of an indigenous and still vital spirituality, with exciting implications for reformulating the next generation of black studies and black theology. Even more broadl…

The History and Heritage of African American Churches: A Way Out of No Way
by L. H. Whelchel

Drawing on a wide array of sources to document cultural influences from Africa, the author vividly describes the emergence of an independent church tradition among African Americans. L.H. Whelchel demonstrates the struggles of Africans in the United States to build and maintain their own churches before showing how those churches and their ministers were often at the center of seminal events in the history of America. Dr. Whelchel provides an engaging and provocative narrative, and with detailed documentation and end notes for each chapter along with critical analyses which will be of benefit to ministers, scholars, teachers, students and the general reading public.