Duke Divinity School and the Office of Black Church Studies have announced the Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration, led by The Reverend David Emmanuel Goatley, Ph.D., research professor of theology and Black Church Studies and director of the Office of Black Church Studies. This new initiative draws on original research on black church traditions and historical examples of effective black church leadership in order to identify and develop models for strengthening leadership in the black church and beyond
The key drivers of the initiative are three-fold: research, teaching, and convening.
During the research phase, 12 multidisciplinary scholars will discover, design, and disseminate effective models of leadership, producing case studies on black pastoral strategies, successes, and setbacks. Research will focus on the following eras:
- Reconstruction era, 1865 – 1877
- Civil rights era years of 1945 – 1967
- Megachurch era of 1984 – 2008
Continuing education programs will bring together pastors from across the country to focus on teaching in the following areas:
- Contextualization - how to understand oppression
- Conscientization - how to help people facing oppression to understand better the causes of the oppression
- Construction - how to design strategies, build partnerships, resource projects, and execute programs
The collaboration extend its work by hosting biennial conferences to discover and disseminate applied pastoral theology. Fifty participants per year will give presentations with the goal of ultimately publishing a book series.