Leading Historically Black Congregations
“The historically black church holds nearly iconic status in the United States. Created in order to allow the enslaved to claim, affirm, and make known their humanity, the black church is a uniquely American expression.[…] It is easy to identify the many ways that the birth and evolution of the historically black church differs from that of other churches, and many scholars have explored the unique genesis of the church. Yet the question of what it means to lead a historically black church also merits exploration. The goal of this chapter is to answer three questions about religious leadership in the historically black church:
- Is religious leadership exclusively unique in the historically black church?
- Assuming there is a unique difference, what is that difference and how does it operate?
- Is it important to maintain the distinctive nature of religious leadership in the historically black church within a contemporary context?”
This 2-volume set within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership tackles issues relevant to leadership in the realm of religion. It explores such themes as the contexts in which religious leaders move, leadership in communities of faith, leadership as taught in theological education and training, religious leadership impacting social change and social justice, and more. Topics are examined from multiple perspectives, traditions, and faiths.
Hinton, Mary D. “Leading Historically Black Congregations.” In Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, edited by Sharon Henderson Callahan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2013.