Is your church confronted with an aging membership and a noticeable absence of young adults in the pews?
How can leaders turn this challenge around and begin to reach young people with meaningful ministry that offers mature faith formation— keeping them interested and involved in the local church?
Based on a nationwide study of African American young adults, Black Millennials and the Church uses a mix of humor, real-life illustrations, and research findings to present church leaders with valuable insights, specific ministry principles, and programming proposals to use in your church context to make disciples of this emerging generation of young adults.
Includes Valued Voices, featuring interviews with black millennials who share their experiences with the Christian church!
“For those seeking groundbreaking research combined with practical applications, look no further! If you serve as pastor, attend, or have the slightest interest in black church ministry, then read this book!” —F. Douglas Powe Jr., PhD, Director of Lewis Center for Church Leadership, James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (E. Stanley Jones Chair), Wesley Theological Seminary
“Joshua Mitchell has the unique ability to communicate a solid and sound, relevant blueprint for connecting the Millennials and the church. He will motivate and inspire you to be both an agent of transformation and advocate of relevant tradition for this crucial generation in ministry. A must read!”—Rev. Linda D. Stevens, retired pastor, Jerusalem Baptist Church; Founder, New Life Empowerment Temple
Joshua L. Mitchell, MDiv, DMin, serves as Minister to Youth and College Students at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, TX, where he provides leadership for more than 1,500 African American young people, ages 14-24.
An ordained Baptist minister and contributor to Urban Faith magazine, Rev. Dr. Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in Communications, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry, earned from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond Virginia.
His nationwide research in black millennials and discipleship has made him a respected speaker, preacher, and teacher.