Black Church

Elements of Styles in Black Preaching

Over the past couple months, I’ve had the privilege to talk with a couple of seminarians concentrating on preaching. In both cases, they’ve wanted to talk about the distinctives of … Continue reading

How Much Is Too Much for a Pastor to Earn?

Thabiti Anyabwile looks at eight pastors whose net value is 200 times those in their local community. There is too little for pastors to make; this is what most pastors make. And then there is way too much!

Clarity, Conviction, and Commitment in Church Planting

Over six years ago a handful of men, women, and children embarked on the journey that is East Point Church. We had a desire in our hearts for a new … Continue reading

The Burden of the Pastor

The pastor has a burden.  It is unlike anything felt by anyone else in the local church. Even in the context where the biblical prescription for a plurality of elders … Continue reading

The Divide in the Black Church that Most Troubles Me

The African-American Church, much like churches of every other ethnic stripe, faces a number of potential divides. There’s the perennial split between liberal and conservative theological groups. There’s the split … Continue reading

Thinking about the Black Church with Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor

Along with Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor was the dean of entire generations of Black Church statesmen, educators, and preachers. Yet he represents a treasure store of history, theology, and mission of the Black Church. C’mon up on the porch and enjoy hearing from the doctor himself.

“Where Are the Elders?”

Much has been made of Jamaal Bryant’s recent sermon, in which he encouraged all the men in the audience to say, “These hoes ain’t loyal.” On the porch, we’re concerned with the larger question statements like this present.

Ministry Training with Bible Doubters: Questions & Counsel

You might be a young brother wondering where you should get trained for ministry. Maybe you’re a seasoned pastor, but you feel led to pursue formal education. If you’re anywhere in between, … Continue reading

God’s Servant on Black Millennials’ Vanishing View of The Black Church

Rapper and church planter, Brian Davis, discusses “the traditional black church” and how his generation views it, why it might disappear, and why that’s not a bad thing.

Same Ol’ Game, Different Playas

How can you tell a sheep from a wolf in sheep’s clothing? By what they eat. Sheep eat grass. Wolves in sheep’s clothing will sooner or later eat sheep. False … Continue reading

Do Black Churches Plant Churches?

There’s lots of talk about church planting now — with networks, sending, boot camps, residencies, etc. — but is that what we’ve seen in the black church? If not, how … Continue reading

Interview With Tim Byrd, Missionary to South Africa

One of the joys I have, as pastor in a local church, is being able to encourage and support local and foreign missions. If the local church is doing anything, … Continue reading