Honoring African American elders: a ministry in the soul community
Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of the African American churchgoing population. Honoring African American Elders is the first book to examine the church's vital role in the lives of these elders and the critical need to prepare church leaders to respond effectively to their increasing numbers in congregations. Focused specifically on today's unprecedented challenges to minister to African American seniors, it provides much-needed help and guidance for church leaders. The authors offer a new paradigm for ministry, faithful to both biblical and African American heritage, which restores elders to their proper place in the congregation as well as attends to their needs. They explore the historical roots of reverence toward elders in the African American culture and propose practical, concrete ways for churches to make this ministry a reality for the benefit of these persons and the vitality of the whole community. Filled with evocative stories, numerous examples, concrete suggestions, and questions for reflection, Honoring African American Elders challenges churches to be intentional about making senior adult ministries happen and to embrace the African American cultural and religious heritage that honors elders within a soul community. An essential resource for churches with older African Americans, this book will also be of great interest to anyone who works with seniors in a church setting.
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African and Biblical Teachings
The Church as a Soul Community
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