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African American Church Growth: 12 Principles of Prophetic Ministry

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A book by Carlyle Fielding III Stewart

Filling a need not previously addressed, African American Church Growth contends that it is the prophetic consciousness which appeals to many blacks of the post-civil rights era, and that emphasis on the prophetic will help bring the black church out … see full wiki

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Author: Carlyle Fielding III Stewart
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Abingdon Press
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African American Church Growth

  • Nov 25, 2008
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Many books address church growth written by and for white churches. Pastor Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III, focuses on the same important topic from the perspective of the black church.

He builds his model around the theme of "prophetic ministry," which he defines as concern for the wholeness of the individual and community. Thus the African American church, according to Pastor Stewart, will grow most and best when it focuses both on individual spiritual growth and community social justice (both/and not either/or).

The author outlines the prophetic approach as: four tenants of prophetic engagement, three principles of prophetic worship, three principles of prophetic pastoral care, three principles of prophetic education, and three principles of prophetic evangelism. He uses these principles because his book addresses churches in predominantly white denominations that have tried to grow (in health and in numbers) using models that are not central to the African American cultural history and norms.

While readers may not agree with all the tenants of the book, these twelve prophetic principles should create open conversation, bridge-building, and culturally-informed change management.

Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."

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