School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Kevin L. King, Charlie Davidson
Christianity, African-American Clergy, Styles of Preaching, Education
Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Liturgy and Worship | Other Religion | Religion
Zimmerman, Harry Jr., "Understanding African American Preaching: The Style, Culture, and Rationale for the Worship Experience and the Value for Education" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1134.
Preaching is an oratorical method for sharing the biblical text, which God uses to affect the lives of people for His glory. In the context of the African-American culture, preaching highlights differences between the rationales of the practical approaches of African-American and other styles of preaching. This project will examine fundamentals of African-American preaching as well as its dynamics while focusing on African-American traditions in a critical and creative manner. It will provide insights for training associate ministers at Faith United Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The research utilizes a single method research approach, utilizing surveys of pastors and church members to determine whether the preaching ministry of associate ministers is effective and whether education is necessary. The overall significance of this study is to provide an understanding of the importance of education for the preaching ministry of the church, especially in the African-American church.