Black Church Studies

Louisville, KY. (800) 264-1839

This Louisville Presbyterian Seminary program equips African American leaders to minister in Black communities.


classes in Black Church Studies; Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry degree programs; annual Black Church Studies conference

Best For

clergy and laity in Black communities, especially Protestant


registration fees; free online conference videos

Suggested Uses

  • Earn a Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Black Church Studies.
  • Learn about unique challenges and special gifts in African American communities by attending the annual conference.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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