Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching

by Dr. Frank Thomas Jr. . Abingdon Press, November 15, 2016.


This book explores the history, style, and practice of African American preaching, and introduces the reader to black preaching methods and how to use them.


Examples of sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.; a chapter devoted to preaching and social justice; preaching economic justice

Recommended Audience

African American clergy or clergy who seek to preach as in the vibrant Black tradition


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • African American clergy seeking to link their contemporary preaching to the rich history of the Black Church experience,
  • Clergy who are writing or studying African American preaching.

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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