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With a unique mix of humor, illustrations, and research findings based on a nationwide study of black young adults, this practical resource equips church leaders with a profile of black millennials that will help churches continue to effectively attract and make disciples of this emerging generation of young adults. Drawing on the biblical narrative of Matthew 14, where Jesus invites Peter to come meet him on the water, this book includes specific ministry principles and programming proposals for use in the local congregation.
"For those seeking groundbreaking research combined with practical applications, look no further than Black Millennials and the Church: Meet Me Where I Am. Mitchell not only has the data to back up his claims, but shares practical ideaslike making sure all the gatekeepers in the church buy into your new thing. If you serve as pastor, attend, or have the slightest interest in black church ministry, then read this book!" F. Douglas Powe Jr., PhD, Director of Lewis Center for Church Leadership, James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (E. Stanley Jones Chair), Wesley Theological Seminary
"Joshua has the unique ability to communicate a solid and sound, relevant blueprint for connecting the Millennials and the church. He will motivate and inspire you to be both an agent of transformation and advocate of relevant tradition for this crucial generation in ministry. A must read!" Rev. Linda D. Stevens, retired pastor, Jerusalem Baptist Church; Founder, New Life Empowerment Temple
Rev. Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell is the seventh Senior Pastor of the historic 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. A native of Baltimore, MD, Dr. Mitchell has been dedicated to educational advancement and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Howard University and earned his Master of Divinity degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Dr. Mitchell graduated with his Doctor of Ministry degree at Virginia Union University where his research focused on Black Millennials and Discipleship. His research findings are the foundation for his 2018 Judson Press release entitled Black Millennials and the Church: Meet Me Where I Am. Dr. Mitchell is a frequent lecturer and consultant on effective ministry to youth and young adults and is the founder and CEO of Digital Discipleship LLC- a consulting firm committed to serving leaders and congregations in the area of Millennial Engagement.
As a licensed and ordained minister, Dr. Mitchell has dedicated his life to serving in the ministry and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. Rev. Mitchell also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston, Payne University and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Mitchell is a proud member of several organizations including the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity Inc. Rev. Mitchell considers himself blessed to be married to Dr. Lori K. Mitchell and they are the proud parents of two handsome sons, Jordan and Jayden. Rev. Mitchell loves God and God's people and seeks to faithfully serve God through his life and words.