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In the theological tradition of the black church that celebrates "preached theology," Marvin McMickle demonstrates how ministers can develop sermons and programs that speak to the "two separate congregations" that coexist in their pewsmiddle-class commuters and the underclass residents of the immediate neighborhood.
Preaching to the Black Middle Class addresses:
• the historical development of the black middle class• ministry needs of that population• opportunities and challenges the group presents• the responsibility of middle-class blacks to care for their underclass brothers and sisters
The result is a book that serves as a study guide, with sample sermons, for clergy and laity who want to minister more effectively to and through the growing black middle class in America.
"Class has joined the color as the twin problems that now confront black America. Preaching to the Black Middle Class is written as a way to challenge black middle-class Christians to confront and respond to both of these issues." from the Introduction
One of the most respected preachers in the nation, Marvin A. McMickle, DMin, PhD, served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio for nearly twenty-five years before becoming president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York in January 2012. No stranger to academia, McMickle previously served as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and in 2009, spent a semester as a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He also taught at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Princeton and Fordham universities.
A prolific author, McMickle has more than a dozen books to his credit, including resources on preaching, ministry, and African American history.
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