Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church

by Samuel G. Freedman. HarperCollins, 1993.

'Upon This Rock' profiles the life transforming ministry of the Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood and the Saint Paul Community Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York. Author Samuel Freedman takes us inside Reverend Youngblood’s church and gives an “up close” view of how urban ministry and transformation work at their best. It offers practical lessons in urban ministry, including lessons in handling drug addiction and church sexual harassment cases. Overall, this book is an uplifting testimony to the power of congregations to transform lives and entire communities. A witness to the redemptive power of God, 'Upon This Rock' will inspire congregational leaders seeking to revitalize their churches as they offer hope and healing to their communities.