Evangelism Among African American Presbyterians

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  • Copyright: 2007-05-23
  • Publisher: UPA

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As Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Disciples of Christ, and other predominantly European-centered Christian denominations of North America seek to respond as a faith community to the increasingly dynamic ethnic and cultural diversity within our society, this book offers a sobering yet valuable perspective. By understanding the ministry of Christian evangelism as a construct that speaks of the power of divine transformation (personal and communal) and the embrace of a way of life, this work argues for a multi-variant approach that values the philosophical aspects of cultural differences, which are effective and faithful models of Christian evangelism.An analysis of key missiological concepts, such as mission histories, ethno-theologies, worldview, culture, ethnic cohesion, and contextualization is appropriated to illuminate the theological voices and evangelical practices of a specific people, or ethnicity, shaped by a journey of spiritual faith. While the numerical significance of self-identified African-American Presbyterians may appear small, their synergistic encounter of human identity and religious faith, historical experience in the church, and the impact of their evangelical presence provide an excellent case study for discerning the twenty-first-century challenges of evangelism. This thorough study of history, theology, organizational structures, methods, and techniques will serve as a valuable tool in evaluating the impact of the faith journey of African-American Presbyterians and its challenges for today and the future.

Author Biography

Marsha Snulligan Haney is an associate professor of Missiology and Religions of the World at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and is director of the Urban Theological Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ministry of Evangelismp. 1
An Overview of the Black Church in Americap. 37
Evangelism, African Americans, and Historical Traditionp. 47
A Biblical Theology of Church and Evangelismp. 79
Confessional Stances Regarding the Church As Sent into the Worldp. 93
Contemporary Dynamics Shaping Evangelismp. 117
A New Paradigm of Ministry and Evangelismp. 141
Communicating Along the Journeyp. 161
Congregational Transformation: Pastor- Session-Laityp. 185
Envisioning the Mission and Ministry in a Pluralistic Denomination: Implications for the Ministry of Evangelismp. 203
p. 211
p. 233
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 251
Biographical Sketchp. 261
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