The upcoming blog posts on African-American church worker decline in the LCMS is steamed from real life experience and a reminder from this article…
Specifically, at the end of the article. We’ve learned in our Biblical Hermeneutics class that most narratives emphasize a point at the beginning and/or the ending in Scripture. I have to wonder to myself if that is the case with this article. It really seems out of place for the flow of the article. Read the whole article first. I keep coming back to this section…
“In a meeting with the Rev. Frazier Odom, executive director of the church’s board for black ministry services, Kieschnick asked why the numbers of young African-American men recruited to Lutheran seminaries was so low.
“They see the suffering and what older black pastors have been through,”
Odom said. “They think basketball is the way out of poverty, and I don’t think the ministry even crosses their mind.”
“They don’t have too many black pastoral heroes these days, I guess,” Kieschnick said. “What can I do to help?”
“Direct your attention to them, especially,” Odom said. “Assure them that God understands their concerns, too. That God provides. You’re in the position to be a model to them. This is not a black-white thing.
“Maybe one of them will grow up to be the president of the synod.””
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It is my hope to gain some insight from those before me and compare it to the current structure and issues faced.