New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations

by F. Douglas Powe Jr. Abingdon Press, 2012.
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F. Douglas Power Jr. is an author committed to the renewal of the church and this book is a testament to that. He is a Professor of Evangelism and Professor of Urban Ministry, at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. In New Wine, New Wineskins, the author affirms the historic role of the church in community but proposes the need for new mediums for the message. The key question of the book is this: “How do African-American churches become missional and not simply congregations with a mission?” Historic involvement in such essential movements like the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s is thoroughly affirmed. Additionally, the author challenges congregations to be more engaged with the culture that surrounds the congregation. Use new idioms. Use contemporary language. Don’t change the message. But also be hospitable and relevant. As you read the book, think about ways in which your congregation’s mission and message can be expressed to those who have yet to visit your sanctuary. You don’t have to change everything, the author asserts. You just need to speak in ways that can be understood.