Pastors of churches with predominantly black memberships are speaking out on what they say is neglect in their communities.
They will discuss that neglect, which they insist is being propelled by some black pastors who are following the “white evangelical model” of preaching redemption from personal sin, while ignoring the need to be saved from political and economic oppression and injustice.
“The community is a reflection of the church and the church is a reflection of its pastor,” said the Rev. Mathes Guices, of Koinonia Worship Center said in a press release.
“If there is a dysfunctional community, for the most part there are dysfunctional churches in that community and the pastors are the ultimate source of the dysfunction.”
The issue will be discussed at a conference on the church’s role in addressing the causes of crime, youth violence, family dysfunction, education deficiencies and economic inequalities, as opposed to simply responding to the symptoms.
If You Go:
The conference is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Koinonia Worship Center which is located st 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park.
Panelists will includes, but is nont limited to:
Rev. Dr. Anthony Davis, pastor of the Church Of Brotherly Love in Deerfield Beach;
Rev. Dr. O'Neal Dozier, pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach.
Rev. Michael Anderson, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pembroke Park.
Rev. G. Vincent Lewis; chief of staff of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami.
For more information, call 954-964-2901.
Pictured: Rev. O'Neal Dozier