Multidimensional Ministry for Today's Black Family


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(Johnny B. Hill). Judson Press, 2007.

“If churches, leaders, and practitioners are not fully informed about the forces confronting black families, they will feel ill equipped to minister in meaningful and transformative ways.” With this introductory assertion, teacher and pastor, Johnny B. Hill, and a team of expert contributors set out to inform and equip the Christian Church for ministry in the Black community. Essays explore a range of topics that impact the well-being of individuals and families. These include the Church and Black family life, confronting “silent issues” such as addiction, sexuality and domestic violence, healthy marriage, Black fatherhood, and financial challenges. One chapter highlights a variety of effective congregational models for family ministry, and another offers practical steps congregations can take. The final essay, written by veteran minister and educator, Wallace Charles Smith, details ongoing and (in some instances) worsening challenges faced by Black families today. Despite the difficult diagnosis, Multidimensional Ministry gives reason to hope and provides congregations a way forward. This book is primarily addressed to ministry staff. Resource lists for books and nonprofit organizations are included. Although many of the book resources are out of print, many can still be found at used book outlets.

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