One of the greatest challenges of being an African-American pastor planting a Reformed, missional church in Camden, NJ is the conflict with the traditional African-American churches already located in the city. This conflict takes place on both the institutional and individual levels. This conflict, as it is experienced by individuals, I like to call
Our mission was to plant a church in Camden and to engage people for conversions (one of our core-values) and to enter Christo-centrism into the culture (another core-value) (Rom 15:17-21). In a city of 79,000 people, about 98% are unreached with the Gospel, and only about 1% attending church in Camden. We came in with the hope and the vision to reach unbelievers and ecclesiologically disconnected people with the Gospel of Christ.
May 7, 2012
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If you have heard the term “generational curse” it is a concept that means that there is a certain sin pattern in a persons family and it is only a matter of time before the next generation commits the same sins as the past generation did. Divorces, infidelity, abuses, bad financial stewardship, drug-use, and single parent homes are a few of the situations that are credited with being generational curses.
Pastor Blake Wilson teaches from Ezekiel 18:1-23 about generational curses versus observational realities. Are certain sins prevalent in your family because of generation curses or the fact that children imitate what their parents showed them and have a lack of scriptural clarity in those areas? Read more
February 29, 2012
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1. You’re a Limited Leader (Exodus 18:18)
People will want you to be the omni-gifted leader and you’ll be tempted to believe it. It’s important to know who you are and who you are not. The only thing worse than the people wanting you to be omni-gifted is the pastor who believes he is, this will quickly drain you of the joy of shepherding people. Embrace your limits and work your strengths.
As the 3rd keynote speaker at the 2011 Thriving Summit. Dr. Carl Ellis speaks about how to disciple young men in the urban context with the truth of the Gospel.
As the second keynote speaker of the 2011 Thrive Summit Dr. Villafane speaks about reaching those that are subject to the “second city” (second hand education, second hand job, etc). He touches of the fact that a Christocentric view of the Gospel is needed to reach the urban context.
Organizations? Not Interested…
A few months ago this AP story was posted on Atlanta’s 11Alive news site:
Civil rights icon Andrew Young says he has little use for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization he once worked in alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more
You’ve seen them. They attend your church “frequently.”
But frequently, as they measure it, is once every 6–10 weeks, some every 6 months, others are content with just Christmas and Easter. And if you are a leader who’s active in the community and you see them out at a coffee shop, bar, or store they may even introduce you to friends, coworkers, or neighbors as their “pastor.” They are the anonymous attendees, and your church is the place they come for inspiration, temporary healing, assuaging guilt, or instant relational gratification with low output and commitment. Read more