WILBERFORCE — Payne Theological Seminary will conduct a course entitled, “Marketplace Ministry in the African-American Context,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29–Aug. 1 at the Seminary.
The course is designed to help students explore the various ways in which pastors and church leaders can access multiple sources of capital to fuel church growth and community revitalization. Students will examine biblical and other paradigms, strategies and practical applications to address the many issues facing local congregations, primarily from an African-American perspective.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown, academic dean at Payne Seminary, said the course is free and open to the general public, but those attending are being asked to stay for the entire four days. He believes that those who participate in the course will come away with a wealth of knowledge.
“In an environment where public/private partnerships are becoming the norm, churches interested in community development must learn how to navigate the same waters,” Brown said. “Increasingly, what had been resourced by the congregation is needing to be resourced by the larger community. All church leaders concerned about their communities, their cities, and their regions should be equipped with information this course provides.”
One of the greatest challenges facing pastors and church leaders in the 21st century is knowing how to effectively address the connection between faith and money. Payne Seminary is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this issue and seeks to provide a platform and space to delve into the intersection of ministry, money and the marketplace. These are some of the main reasons why Payne has launched the Marketplace Ministry Initiative.
For more information call 937-376-2946, ext. 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.