Concrete solutions to real-world problems are discussed in this guidebook for church officers on how to increase the involvement of African American males in the ministry. From drugs and prison to health and homosexuality, this treatise investigates the needs and trends of African American males, the steps the church has taken to address these issues, and modern troubles relating to involvement in the church.
|Publisher:||African American Images|
|Product dimensions:||5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of 25 books, including the Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys series; Black Students. Middle Class Teachers.; Hip Hop Street Curriculum; Satan, I’m Taking Back My Health; and State of Emergency. He lives in Chicago.
Read an Excerpt
Developing Strong Black Male Ministries
By Jawanza Kunjufu
African American ImagesCopyright © 2006 Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
All rights reserved.
THOUGHTS, INSIGHTS, AND ANECDOTES
The greatest legacy a father can ever give to his child is faith.
When you save a man, you save a family.
When a child accepts Jesus as Lord, 4 percent of the family will follow. When a mother accepts Jesus as Lord, 17 percent of the family will follow. When a father accepts Jesus as Lord, 93 percent of the family will follow.
You cannot have effective male ministries until you have effective men.
Jesus did not say, "Go and make workers." He said, "Go and make them disciples" (Matthew 28:19). Too often we try to make workers and pray for disciples. Have we placed service over worship?
The greatest tragedy to the American family was the Industrial Revolution. Before then, fathers and sons worked together on the farm.
Time equals influence. As a result, peers, rappers, and television are raising our children.
A female dominated Sunday School will lead to a female dominated church.
Does 50 Cent have a greater influence on Black male youth than Jesus Christ?
Most men have attended church at least once. Men don't go to church because they've already been and there was something missing.
Even a church full of beautiful Black women is not enough to attract and keep a man in church.
More than 90 percent of Jesus' ministry was done outside the church. If the church does not go into the streets to recapture an entire generation of young, poor, Black males, the streets will violently come inside the church.
Men are changed by what they experience, not by what they are told. Sermons do not change behavior.
Satan is not afraid of a sermon. Satan is afraid of the Word.
Most worshippers pimp the preacher and rely solely on the sermon to take them through the week.
There is a difference between a male, a boy, and a man. A person is born male. He grows into a boy, and boys like to play. Young boys play with cars and trucks. Old boys play with women and their children. Men are responsible. They work before they play.
An affair is an escape from reality. One of the best ways to avoid an affair is to pray for your wife daily.
There is a difference between hot forbidden sex in dating or an affair and emotionally connected married sex.
Should we design the worship service for the 65-year-old female or for the 16-year-old male?
When Jesus rose, that was the Resurrection. When Jesus called Lazareth out after four days, that was a resurrection. Every time a Black man stands up for Jesus and puts down drugs and his negative lifestyle, that is a resurrection.
Just because a wife earns more income than her husband, that does not make her head of the house.
The Black family cannot survive with Jezebel in charge and Ahab allowing it.CHAPTER 2
Biblical Truth 1. You are a saint, not a sinner saved by grace.
A sinner saved by grace is an oxymoron. You are either a sinner or you were saved by grace. If you have been saved by grace, you are no longer a sinner.
In almost every letter Paul wrote in the New Testament, he refers to his Christian brethren as saints. Nowhere in the Bible do you read the phrase, "a sinner saved by grace." Now this does not mean that a saint does not sin, but Christ's sacrifice on the Cross remits us from sin (i.e., blots it out).
There is an interesting distinction between a sin and a saint: one is a noun and one is a verb. The noun (saint) determines our identity, while the verb (sin) describes our behavior in a situation. When I do parent workshops, I always recommend to parents that they criticize the child's behavior but never attack the child and his character. This is the same idea.
When Christians apply the term "sinner" to themselves rather than their behavior, this gives them carte blanche sin privileges. "Well you know, I'm just a sinner saved by grace." "I couldn't help myself, because that's what sinners do." "I'm only human." "The devil made me do it." Our Lord and Savior does not see us as sinners. He sees us as saints.
Just as it is has been important for us to evolve from seeing ourselves as Negro or colored to Africans, African Americans, or Africans in America, it is even more important in the sight of God to know that we have rights, that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, not as a sinner but as a saint.
Biblical Truth 2. The Lord gives and the Lord does not take away.
Job says in Job 1:21, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." Since then, some preachers have used this scripture to try and explain suffering. How many times have I heard a preacher say during the funeral service, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." I heard this scripture at the homegoing services of a baby and a teenage male, the victim of a drive-by shooting. I heard it at the service of young Black mother, an active member of her church, who died from cancer. Memorial services remembering the victims of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina were eulogized with, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away."
One of the reasons why Adam Sr. and Adam Jr., and even Eve Sr. and Eve Jr. are not involved in church is because many of them are mad at God because the pastor said that the Lord took their loved one. The Lord caused 9/11 and Katrina. They believe that God killed those victims.
Along these same lines, I have heard people make asinine statements like, "The Lord put this sickness on me because He wanted to get my attention" or "He wanted to teach me something" or "He's punishing me." If you follow that train of thought, which has no logic in it, this means we have been praying to God for healing, the same God who is making us sick. Does this make sense to you?
Ignorance and long-term suffering have caused us to misinterpret the scriptures. This coming Sunday morning, a Black preacher somewhere in America will preach the story of Job and end with the punchline, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." But the story of Job continues to a positive conclusion, thanks to God's favor and grace on Job's life. It is a misrepresentation to end a sermon with "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." Why would God be so capricious to give, then take away, and then give again? It doesn't make sense, does it?
In John 10:10, Jesus says, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." And then He says, to make it perfectly clear, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Satan stole Job's wealth, killed his family, and destroyed his life. God had nothing to do with the evil that occurred to Job, but God had everything to do with Job's restoration.
The same is true of your life. When sickness, disease, financial losses, divorce, and death occur, that's the work of Satan. That's an attack of the devil.
This is why it is so important to know your daddy's voice. We must become prayer warriors, doing spiritual battle against the enemy, so that he will keep his dirty paws off our lives and the lives of our loved ones. The still, small voice of the Holy Spirit will guide you through the toughest trials and persecutions. He will move you out of harm's way. Does that sound like "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away"?
A friend volunteered for a concert fundraiser recently held at a top hotel in Chicago. From the first moment her assignment began, her behavior was strange, even to her. For example, even though sandwiches were offered free of charge, she refused the food — "And I seldom refuse free food," she said. Later, after her duties were completed, for some reason, she didn't know why, she quickly rushed to coat check, grabbed her coat, and fled the hotel like something was chasing her. During the drive home, she wondered why she had behaved this way. Why had she left before the concert had even begun?
The next day, the local newspaper reported that more than 100 people at the same event she attended had gotten sick, and some had to be hospitalized. She had been led and protected before, so in hindsight, she recognized the workings of the Holy Spirit and her angels. My friend said that she didn't hear God's voice so much as she felt compelled, almost pushed out the hotel door. We each hear God's voice in different ways.
Before my biological father passed, I knew his voice. Not just the tone or quality of his voice, but I could predict what he would say.
My name Jawanza means "dependable." I got it legally from my father, who was the most dependable person I've ever met. If my father said he would call me every night at 8:00 from work, I could take that promise to the bank. If my father said he was going to combine his lunch and breaks to attend my track meet, debate tournament, or choir concert, I could always count on him being in the stands, supporting me and my classmates every step of the way.
That's what happens when you know your daddy's voice. It is obvious that many of us do not know our Father's voice. If we did, we would know that God did not say, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." That was Job talking out of his anguish and fear. In the 42 chapters of that book, he went through many such turbulent emotions.
God had nothing to do with the infant dying in her crib, the teen victim of the drive-by shooting, the mother who died of cancer, 9/11, or hurricane Katrina. If you want to know your Father, read John 10:10: "Satan comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy."
Yes, it was Satan. Satan masterminded the deaths of the infant, teenager, mother, 9/11, and Katrina. God came to give you life and to give you life more abundantly. There are too many people that are mad at God, and many of them are mad at God because of what was said in the pulpit.
Biblical Truth 3. Malachi 3:8: Man robs God when he does not tithe.
Malachi 3:8 ("Will a man rob God?") refers to the tithe, the 10 percent of our income we give to God. Even though the church needs money to operate, Christians apparently do not feel responsible for tithing, even to support their own church. I have heard that, on the low side, only 4 percent of Christians are tithers. On the high side, maybe 26 percent, which is also unacceptable. Malachi 3:9 says, "You are cursed with a curse."
There is a reason why so many families have seen generations of divorce, drug addiction, alcoholism, pornography, poverty, depression, and suicide. Americans spend 23 percent of their money on debt. Can you imagine that? We're not talking about receiving anything of value for this payment. We're just talking about the interest on the mortgage, the car, the credit cards, and loans.
When preaching in churches, I often ask members who are debt free to stand up. And I thought our greatest problem was the shortage of Black men in church! In some churches, not one adult can stand up and say he is debt free. Yet, clearly, God wants us to prosper. John 3:2 reads, "Beloved, I pray that you prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers." Those who are in debt are enslaved to the world's economic system. Debt is not God's plan for your finances. Prosperity cannot flow to us when we are in debt.
Often, when ministers speak about tithing, they get labeled "prosperity preachers" who preach a "prosperity gospel." I do not like labels. People like to label others to control them. You're a democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, Africentric, or a nationalist. The label "prosperity gospel" implies that the gospel being preached is not full or complete, that it's only a part of scripture. Interestingly, many traditional churches that refuse to address the economic needs of their members and the community are the first to use this label. I contend that if you do not preach the prosperity of Jesus that you're not preaching the full gospel, the whole truth. Didn't Jesus just say in John 3:2, "Beloved, I pray that you prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers"? It's amazing how a church will claim to be Bible believing but then selectively exclude the parts of the Bible they don't agree with:
"We are a Bible believing church, but we don't believe in speaking in tongues."
"We are a Bible believing church, but we endorse homosexuality."
"We are a Bible believing church, but we don't believe in laying hands on the sick."
"We are a Bible believing church, but we don't believe in prosperity."
What I love most about John 3:2 is the balance, like Ma'at, in the scripture. "Beloved, I pray that you prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers." It reminds me of Matthew 6:33: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will follow." The scripture is clear that money should not be more important than your soul. Money should not be more important than your relationship with the Lord.
One of the best ways to show that you love Him is to walk forth on faith and believe that it would be better to live off of 90 percent and give your Lord and Savior 10 than to naively think that you could do a better job living off of 100 percent.
It takes faith to tithe. It requires a personal relationship with the Lord to tithe. And that's why, at best, 26 percent of Christians are tithers. John 3:2 describes prosperity as far more than money. It's a relationship with Him, it's being in health, it's living and being loved by your family.
Ironically, some of the same naysayers of the prosperity message spend an enormous amount of time thinking about their debt. It is difficult to fulfill Jesus' commands to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, preach and take His gospel to the world without money.
Biblical Truth 4. Proverbs 18:21: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
In Hebrews 11 and Genesis 1, God framed His world by His words. It is very important to watch what you say. When you are being arrested, the police officer reminds you that you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you.
In the scriptures, Jesus teaches us that it is best to pray the Word. Too many times in churches at altar call and at prayer time, people will get on their knees and pray and thank God for their healing, then they will get up and leave the church and complain to their friends about their sickness. Which statement did you believe? Do you believe "By his stripes you are healed" (Isaiah 53:5)? Or do you believe that your feet are killing you?
If God framed the world by His Words, the least we can do is frame our day by His Word. This is the day the Lord has made. I choose to rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
If you wake up depressed and allow life's challenges to convince you that today is going to be a terrible day, so it will be. You must frame your world by your words. The Bible teaches us that "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). If women say "I'm never going to find a man," they won't. If you say, "I'm always going to be broke," you will.
It can be difficult to "call those things that be not as though they were" (Romans 4:17) — when you are broke, sick, and without a mate. That's why the Bible teaches that the natural man cannot discern spiritual things. If you do not have faith, it will be virtually impossible to say you are healed when you feel sick in your body. If you do not have faith, you cannot claim a mate when there appears to be no good men or women around. If you do not have faith, you cannot claim financial prosperity.
In Mark 9:23, Jesus says, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." We have to walk by faith and not by sight.
In Mark 11:23–24, Jesus says,
"Assuredly I say to you, whomever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them" (emphasis mine).
Note the ratio between say and pray. There's a three to one ratio in this scripture. You do not get what you pray for. You get what you say.
This may be controversial, but you do not get what you prayed for in church. You get what you say because you believe what you say. It is obvious that what you prayed for in church is not what you believe because if you believed it you could say the wildest, boldest, most outrageous statements in the name of Jesus to your friend on the telephone and not care if he thought you were crazy. If you truly believed, you could say things like:
"The doctor's report was evil. God says I'm healed, and so I'm healed."
"I'm a multimillionaire."
"You may think there are no good women, but I am surrounded by good women, and one of them is already my wife!"
"I'm buying that house on the hill debt-free."
It takes faith to say "I'm healed" when the X-rays or blood tests say otherwise. Just as Jesus spoke to fig trees, we can speak to mountains, and with faith, they will move.
Excerpted from Developing Strong Black Male Ministries by Jawanza Kunjufu. Copyright © 2006 Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. Excerpted by permission of African American Images.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: THOUGHTS, INSIGHTS, AND ANECDOTES,
CHAPTER 2: BIBLICAL TRUTHS,
CHAPTER 3: A MASCULINE JESUS,
CHAPTER 4: MALE TRENDS,
CHAPTER 5: ADAM UPDATE,
CHAPTER 6: WHAT MEN NEED,
CHAPTER 7: MALE MINISTRIES,
CHAPTER 8: TEENAGE MALE MINISTRIES,
CHAPTER 9: YOUNG ADULT MALE MINISTRIES,
CHAPTER 10: PRISON/DRUGS/STREET/ AIDS MINISTRIES,
CHAPTER 11: MATURE ADULT MINISTRIES,
CHAPTER 12: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO HOMOSEXUALITY,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a lot and seriously recommend that everyone read it!