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This powerful resource is no less than a blueprint for potent ministry to the African American family. The basis for these materials were the workshops and papers at the acclaimed 1997 National African American Family Ministry conference. An in-depth manual that speaks to crucial components for affecting families today, it addresses:
• reaching black males• faith development• models of youth ministry• parent-teen communication• nurturing marriage• single-parent households• creating healthy communities
Interactive in approach, each section allows the reader to respond to critical issues. Focus is placed on applicable biblical principles, while a question-and-answer section is included, directed at commonly addressed issues.
"Purchase this unique book, which is well researched, well documented, and well written. Use it as a seminar study book and manual for organizing, guiding, and enriching your church's family life ministry. You will not find a better resource anywhere else." J. Alfred Smith Sr., Senior Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California
"Within these pages are examples from some of the most dynamic leaders and most effective ministries in the country of how to address the crisis issues affecting the African American family today. I strongly encourage you to use the models within these pages. They will allow us to build a stronger tomorrow not only for our children but for our children's children throughout the next millennium." from the foreword by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, author, lecturer, and educational consultant with African-American Images
"I would highly recommend this book to anyone committed to strengthening and enhancing the wonderful blessing of African American community life." Rev. Joseph Daniels in United Methodist Connection
A resident of Detroit, Michigan, Jean Alicia Elster, JD, is a professional editor and writer whose articles have appeared in national publications such as World Vision and Black Child. In addition to the Joe Joe in the City series, she is the author of the young adult novel Who's Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press) which was selected as a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. She also collaborated in the manuscript preparation for the award-winning Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth by Rosa Parks (Lee & Low Books). She is the editor of several books published by Judson Press including Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys by James C. Perkins and Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens by Marvin A. McMickle.
Jean Alicia Elster and her husband are the parents of a son and a daughter.
Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins has served as senior pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for twenty-five years. A nationally recognized minister, Dr. Perkins speaks at churches, seminaries, and conferences across the United States, Africa, and Central America. Dr. Perkins has established numerous enterprises that support the Detroit community including the Fellowship Nonprofit Housing Corporation and the Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy.
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