Preaching to the Black Middle Class
Format: Paperback
Book Code: 3808
Pages: 160
Size: 6" x 9"
ISBN: 9780817013288
PubDate: 2000
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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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 pews—middle-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


Editorial Reviews:

“Writing not for popularity or the approval of the masses, Dr. McMickle writes to stir us out of the sleep of dogmatic complacency. As a widely respected member of the academy who also has one foot in the parish, no one is better prepared to pick up the prophetic mantle of the late Samuel Proctor.” —J. Alfred Smith Sr., senior pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California

“Marvin McMickle speaks eloquently and forcefully to two critical conditions: social stratification within the black church and the presence of middle-class blacks in white churches that do little to democratize pain and pleasure in American society. Poignant! Pointed! Passionate!” —the late William Augustus Jones, pastor emeritus, Bethany Baptist Church of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York

Preaching to the Black Middle Class is a ‘must read’ for those who take seriously the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reality of racism and the devastating effects of what racism has done to cause ‘ghettos’ are ripe fields for ministry. Dr. McMickle gives us handles on how to do that kind of ministry with integrity and dignity.” —Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

“Dr. Marvin McMickle presents an excellent paradigm for ministry to the African American middle class, recognizing the intense challenges and the prophetic Christ-centered opportunities. —Otis Moss Jr., pastor, Olivet Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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