Leadership in the African American Church

Course Overview

Leadership in the African-American Church examines the historical development and contemporary promises and perils of leadership in and through the African-American Church tradition.

As a reform movement holding together the necessity of personal salvation and social transformation, the African-American Church has offered the ecumenical Church and the nation in particular valuable resources for cultivating Spirit-led servant leaders in past and present generations. The personal and public dimensions of this kind of leadership will be explored, as well as practical responses to critical issues peculiar to the African-American Church in the 21st century.

Persons seeking greater clarity in pastoral and non-pastoral ministries should expect to deepen their sense of call and purposeful service as a result of this class.

What to expect

  • 3 Weekend Format – 5/18-19, 6/8-9, 6/29-30
  • 6-8:30pm on Friday | 9am-2pm on Saturday
  • Available on campus or via real-time video classroom from anywhere in the world
  • Taught by Dr. CJ Rhodes, Pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church
  • Master’s-level course that can be applied towards a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity
  • Part of the Graduate Certificate in Ministry in the African American Church

The Professor: Dr. CJ Rhodes

Dr. Rhodes is pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Mt. Helm is an historic church that was founded in 1835 and has played a key role in the formation of several African American denominations. When he became pastor of Mt. Helm in 2010, Dr. Rhodes was the youngest pastor in the church’s history. Dr. Rhodes also serves as the religious life director at Alcorn State.

In addition, Dr. Rhodes is a member of the board of Mission Mississippi and is president of Clergy for Prison Reform. He also hosts The CJ Rhodes Show, which airs on the radio in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Rhodes and his wife, Allison, have twin sons, Carroll Edward III and Cornelius Josiah.

Interested? Find out more!

This class is available for credit towards a degree or as auditing credit.

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