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Beyond the Lock-in: Real Ministries Require Real Conversations

By Rev. Dominique A. Robinson, Children’s, Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church

It’s summer time and this means that most churches are either on break or working overtime to keep their children, youth and young adults engaged. My church is of the latter type. We work hard to offer more than the usual programming beyond the Graduate Recognition service in May and the Back-to-School service in August. We seek to have weekly discipleship encounters for the purposes of consistency and faith development.

However, as a Children’s, Youth & Young Adult Pastor of an urban context, I have learned that weekly bible study, two Sundays a month separate worship and monthly fellowship events are not enough to sustain the attention and develop the faith of my young people.

What they are looking for is beyond a lock-in. They want answers! They want safe and sacred spaces to express how they feel about what’s going on in the world around them. Continue reading Beyond the Lock-in: Real Ministries Require Real Conversations

Preaching that Makes Faith Leap

By Rev. Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education

No matter one’s gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, economic, educational or social status they are not immune to the “troubles of this world.” 2015 was a difficult year for many.  On a national level we were made aware of the “Deflate Gate” with Tom Brady; Rachel Dolezal  pretending to be African American; Brian Williams lying about being on a helicopter that was forced down while in Iraq; the Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle’s sentencing to 15 years for possession of child pornography and crossing state lines for commercial sex with a minor; institutional corruption in the soccer world; Lamar Odom found unconscious in a Nevada brothel; Josh Duggar finally admitting to molesting 5 girls including 2 of his sisters; the Ashley Madison database hacking that led to the resignation of several major CEOs (pastors included); Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations; and the trumped-up attention about the crowning of the wrong Miss Universe. Continue reading Preaching that Makes Faith Leap

Preach This, Tweet That (Part II): The iHomiletic™ How-to Guide

By Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education

As mentioned in Preach This, Tweet That (Part I), Black Millennials find themselves in a peculiar socio-cultural predicament that renders them spiritually disjointed. Black youth have been suffering from a fatal prognosis for many decades and the iHomiletic is a recommended prescription for realigning Black youth and young adults with the Black Church. Continue reading Preach This, Tweet That (Part II): The iHomiletic™ How-to Guide

Preach This, Tweet That (Part I): What Black Millennials are Looking for from the Preacher

By Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education

Preaching has always been a lively communal dialogue between the preacher, God and the congregants within the Black Church tradition; however, technology and social media have invaded this dialogue for Black Millennials. Their idea of interactive preaching goes beyond the “preacher, music and frenzy” that W.E.B. DuBois refers to. Black Millennials want church as they know it to reach beyond the four walls of the sanctuary. For them, preaching is no longer what happens when the preacher stands behind the lectern but preaching happens when one’s truth is shared no matter the medium or mode of communication. Continue reading Preach This, Tweet That (Part I): What Black Millennials are Looking for from the Preacher