Originally published in Born to Preach: Essays in Honor of the Ministry of Henry & Ella Mitchell, Samuel K. Roberts, ed. (Judson Press, 2000), 134-46.
Dr. Gloria Taylor examines the legacy of pastors as teachers throughout the history of the African American church. She cites the biblical mandates in Ephesians and Matthew as proof of Christ's desire for pastors to lead their congregations in learning. Taylor issues a resounding call for pastors to return to sermons where they clarify a central teaching of Christianity and teach the congregants how to apply it directly to their lives.
GLORIA C. TAYLOR, EdD, is assistant professor of Christian education at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a program to expand and enrich local congregational ministries of Christian education.