Nurturing Faith and Hope: Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education

by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly. Wipf and Stock, 2010.


This resource examines why and how worship in the African American tradition is formative as a learning experience for worshipers.


the role worship participation has in the upbringing of maturing Christians; how worship feeds, protects, and encourages; the supportive effect of the sacraments of baptism and communion

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy, lay leaders, educators, and worship leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Encourage faith formation through worship services by collaborating with clergy and worship leaders.
  • Gain a better understanding of how worship functions as a form of Christian education by reflecting on the insights of this text.

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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