In the current recession, Black unemployment has topped 15%, and the Black Church is experiencing some reduced giving as a result. However, previous studies indicate that giving in African American churches often increases when money gets tight because people hope to be blessed by God in return for their faithfulness.
In this article, career and fitness coach Jackie Jones discusses the impact of the recession on the Black community in America and the role of various stewardship principles and practices in moderating the recession’s influence on several African American churches.
“A lot of people are turning to the church for revitalization, so does that mean we live a simpler life? Does that mean not living beyond our means? I recently spoke at a Unity church and was telling someone about it and they asked, …”
At a time when people are turning to the church, clergy leaders can benefit from giving renewed attention to the basic principles that produce church vitality and individual transformation. In Growing the African American Church, the Reverend Doctor Carlyle Fielding Stewart III has gathered the insights of 10 African American pastors who have grown their congregations in diverse circumstances and conditions. As leaders of megachurches, mid-sized churches, and small congregations, these authors have achieved spiritual and numerical growth in their congregations, while benefitting their communities as their churches have become more effective agents of change.