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[On February 8, 2003, talk show host Tavis Smiley convened a conference that was called “The Black Church: Relevant, Repressive, or Reborn?”1 Some of the most trusted and best-known spiritual leaders of the black church2 serving in the church and academy were invited to participate.3 I learned...
[High and lifted up above street corner sights and sounds at the gateway to the black middle-class community of Middleton1 are carefully spaced posters on all sides of a yet undeveloped 275 foot by 245 foot corner property. The words proclaimed by these posters, “God Did It,” are obviously...
[Heralding the public and private sector partnerships that drive the forces of gentrification are city government signs: “Neighborhoods Alive Redevelopment Area.” These signs and other visible changes mark the “good news” of neighborhood revitalization. Indeed, a drive through this community...
[The premise of this work is that a new vision of pastoral leadership in the black church is needed at the outset of the twenty-first century. My vision is that “transformative pastoral leadership” is needed to transform individuals, churches, and society. This new vision is needed because many...
[At the outset of this work the thesis was stated: transformative pastoral leaders are needed to cooperate with God’s work of transforming the Church, the people of God, in light of the perspectives of the past and the challenges of the present and the future. This is essential if the black...
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