What We Love About the Black Church
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J148
Pages: 160
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817016449
PubDate: 2010

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Read the Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface and an excerpt from Chapter 2, "Encouragement"

A unique testimony to the black church…by two white pastors

Bill Crouch and Joel Gregory share the best practices they have discovered from years of ministry with the black church and relationship with African American Christian leaders. Many of those leaders add their voices to Bill and Joel’s testimony, providing a witness to recognize and celebrate the blessings and wisdom of the black church. Topics include:

  • A legacy of preaching
  • A history of social justice
  • Gifts of encouragement, hospitality, and gratitude
  • A model for mentoring
  • A standard for honoring one’s elders

Among the many featured contributors are:

  • Sheila Bailey
  • Cynthia Hale
  • Donald Hilliard
  • A. Louis Patterson
  • Gina Stewart
  • Ralph Douglas West

This unique resource is sure to inspire, encourage, and enlighten today’s increasingly diverse church leadership.

Editorial Reviews:

"American history does not know a preacher who moves with such ease and grace across what many have considered the unbridgeable chasm of race as does Joel Gregory." —Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor

"We are living in a time when pastors and preachers are struggling to connect and keep people connected to the church. Our colleagues, Gregory and Crouch, have connected with the Black Church, intimately, and developed a passion for it. In this book, they share with the universal Body of Christ the ways the Black Church has historically brought the Gospel to people in irresistible and compelling ways." — Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church

"As I read critically and reflect prayerfully on the musings of Drs. Gregory and Crouch, I cannot help but see the presence of Jesus Christ, our Reconciler, birthing a reversal of history. Instead of a new Martin Luther King Jr. who reaches out to white clergy from the black-church side, Drs. Gregory and Crouch, as sons of the white church, reach out to their white peers with a book that offers blessings in blackness." —Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, Allen Temple Baptist Church, and Distinguished Professor of Preaching and Church Ministries, American Baptist Seminary of the West, The Graduate Theological Union

"This book is a treasure trove of memories, rituals, practices, and most importantly, relational experiences that form the cornerstone of the black church experience, lovingly embraced and lovingly critiqued. Joel and Bill shared the opportunity to view the cross-cultural richness of the Black Church tradition through the multi-faceted lens of ethnic, gender, as well as ideological and locational diversity - a rare opportunity indeed!" —Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble, associate pastor, Imani Community Church, Oakland, California

"Drs. Gregory and Couch have produced an incredible and timeless work that will be instrumental to bridging the racial divide.  You hold in your hands a vital and profound work to help us to discover the joy of learning from one another.  I celebrate them for having the courage to capture the centrality of the Black Church to our society." —Bryan L. Carter, senior pastor, Concord Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

"Let this book walk you across the cultural bridge that has for too long blocked a beneficial exchange of understanding and appreciation for each other’s perspective and practice.” —A. Louis Patterson, Jr., Pastor, Mount Corinth Baptist Church, Houston, TX

"This is a useful book and beneficial for readers engaged in study. Dr. Crouch and Dr. Gregory have provided twelve insightful aspects about the black church that will inform and offer a deeper understanding of the viable and spiritual impact that the black church has had since its existence." —Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Bowman, Allen Temple Baptist Church

"Two preachers, who each stand with one foot in the church and the other foot in the academy, learn the benefits of being in the black church without being of it. The value of this work is authenticated by responders of wisdom and experience.  Readers will find in this book a multifaceted jewel that requires no embellishment to portray a picture of reconciliation in Christ for all people." —Dr. Sheila Bailey, president and founder, Sheila Bailey Ministries

"The African American church is one of the hidden secrets of God’s kingdom in the twenty-first century. My research has shown that black churches lead the nation in civic involvement and holistic outreach programs, making those congregations vital to ongoing social reform. George Barna and I reported details of our findings in the book High Impact African-American Churches. Our conclusion was that if there is going to be another Great Awakening in America, it will come as the result of the kind of leadership, evangelism, and spiritual disciplines practiced in the black church. The enduring legacy of the black church is catalogued within the pages of What We Love about the Black Church. As you read this book, you will be educated, encouraged, and inspired." —Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., Senior pastor, Hope Christian Church, Founder and president, High Impact Leadership Coalition, Washington, DC

"A book that I highly recommend, one that will hopefully serve as a launching point for white and black pastors to learn more about one another, and in doing so endeavor to truly unite under the blood-stained banner of Jesus as brothers and sisters in Christ." —Rev. James Ellis III on his blog, Onthagrindcuzin.

“Having grown up in and been a part of black church my entire life, What We Love About the Black Church reminded me of all of the things that I love so much about it and what makes its traditions so special and unique. At the same time it reminds us that we are part of the universal church. We worship in many different ways, but God speaks to us all. Drs. Gregory and Crouch’s spiritual journey shows us that there are a number of lessons that can be learned by people of all races, colors and creeds from the black church.” —Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

"This is a unique and helpful book. It is a needed reminder that we can all learn from each other. The authors are to be commended, not just for writing the book but choosing to engage the black church and its leaders as equals in the ministry of Christ. As one who is more and more engaging black colleagues, this book has proven extremely helpful in understanding their experience, and offering encouragement to broaden my experience in my own setting. Take and read, you will be blessed, especially if you take the step of crossing the boundaries between communities." —Bob Cornwall, editor of Sharing the Practice (Academy of Parish Clergy), as reviewed on Ponderings on a Faith Journey

"This book serves as a valuable introduction to the unique attributes of the African American church for readers who have had little or no experience outside of their white church context. Many of their reflections are valuable insights and qualities those of us in predominately white churches would do well to examine more closely." —Kristopher Norris, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (read the complete review)

"A delightful read...chock full of life lessons. What We Love About The Black Church really does shed light and understanding on the differences of black and white churches. It even includes action-oriented tips, or what the authors call Takeaways, to help readers implement the lessons learned at the churches. A great summer read." —Gospel Highlights.com


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