I have been in the pastorate for twenty-two years. Though I am only forty-two, I think that I have enough years of experience to offer some feeble advice for freshmen pastors. In a season where millennials find the church irrelevant it is so important that we assist them in rediscovering the need for faith and living within an authentic community. This is best done when we work to build relationships. This means work more on building believers and not on building your brand. Or to put it into a biblical context: To continue reading...click here.
Organized politically and spiritually, black churches were not only given to the teachings of Christianity but they were faithfully relied upon to address the specific issues that affected their members. For many African-American Christians, regardless of their denominational differences, Black Churches have always represented their religion, community, and home. Scholars have repeatedly asserted that Black history and Black church history overlap enough to be virtually identical.