ERIC Number: ED180403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-2
Reference Count: 0
The Intentional Development of the Black Ministry. Occasional Papers No. 29, December 2, 1979.
Thomas, James S.
The ethnic minority local church and its role in the Methodist ministry is discussed in an effort to emphasize the importance of strengthening Methodist ties with the black community. The black religious heritage and its historical relationship to the Methodist church are also discussed. It is suggested that church boards and agencies should institute policies that focus on the development of ethnic minority churches and the black ministry. A wide range of research including case studies, action research, participant observation, attitudinal research, and personal interviews is recommended to help the Methodist church develop a stronger black ministry. It is also suggested that the ministry attempt to develop contacts with the traditionally black colleges and all black seminarians and preministerial students. The intentional development of the black Methodist ministry is suggested as an important topic that should be included on the agenda of the 1980 General Conference of the Methodist Church. (SF)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Influences, Blacks, Church Related Colleges, Church Role, Churches, Clergy, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Religion, Religious Organizations, Theological Education
The United Methodist Center, Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 871, Nashville, TN 37202
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN. Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Identifiers: United Methodist Church