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Pastoral Theology: A Black-Church Perspective

Pastoral Theology

A Black-Church Perspective

Wanda Scott Bledsoe (Author), James Henry Harris (Author)


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A taut analysis of black liberation theology, connecting scholarship to practical congregational ministry.

The chapters of this book focus on liberation and evangelism, the urban community, and black theology as well as church administration, worship, education, and self-esteem.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800625023
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date June 1, 1991


"James Harris focuses on applied black theology, how the church on the corner in a black community needs to manifest its ministry. In doing so, he emphasizes an important aspect of the theological and pastoral discussion—a corrective to theologies that are fragmentary, culture-bound, and incomplete. Black theology, like all good theology, is liberating and needs to avoid the flaw of making God a tribal deity. This Harris accomplishes, stating his case in terms that are inclusive enough to cover God's care and concern for all person."
— Samuel D. Proctor
Rutgers University

Table of Contents


    Part One: The Black Church
  1. Blacks, Evangelicalism, and Beyond
  2. The Urban Community
  3. Black Theology

    Part Two: Pastoral Theology
  4. Church Administration
  5. Worship and Preaching
  6. Christian Education
  7. Self-esteem in the Black Church