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Mighty Like a RiverThe Black Church and Social Reform$
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Andrew Billingsley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.001.0001

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Mighty Like a River

Andrew Billingsley

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This chapter shows how generalized or widespread and how patterned is the community outreach role of the contemporary black church. It is stated that community outreach activities are much more widespread than is generally believed, especially in urban areas, and more widespread than it is expected; and that the nature of that outreach activity is different from the community activity of the civil rights era. The most frequent type of community outreach program operated by black churches in the surveys is that designed to strengthen and support families, for black adolescents and service to the elderly. A majority of churches are engaged in community outreach activity. The characteristics of activist churches and senior ministers are described. Moreover, a model for church-based social services is discussed.

Keywords:   black church, outreach, family, black adolescents, elderly, social services

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