Meet Some of the Church Leaders of Today’s Civil Rights Movement

Source: Baltimore Sun / Getty Images
Source: Baltimore Sun / Getty Images

Social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.

It has always been the hands of the church that helped to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, defend the defenseless and visit the imprisoned.

Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant: Minister Of The Next Millennium
Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant has broken the stereotype of yesterday’s clergyman. He is the leader of a new breed of ministers who embrace the idea of capitalizing on the ever-increasing marketplace of Internet and technological innovations to spread the gospel. With more than 7,500 members attending weekly services at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, and approximately 35,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, he believes that “God is not just in the church; He is also in technology.” His mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activating them politically, and strengthen them economically.”

Under Dr. Bryant’s leadership, his church has expanded into the Empowerment Academy, serving grades pre-K through seven, and the Empowerment Family Life Center. These two institutions serve the community by offering quality education, foreclosure assistance, food and clothing, Christmas gifts, and Single Parents’ Wheels car-buying assistance program. The church has pledged thousands of dollars to get guns off the street and to lower the crime rate.

This new millennium minister is now an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist; an author, motivational speaker, and TV and radio personality; but most important of all, he is a beloved and devoted father.

Minister Jamal Bryant says, “Every person God ever called is flawed, and so many times we try to hide our issues.”

Minister David Alexander Bryant: Minister Of The Movement
An activist throughout the city of Detroit, Pastor David Bullock has an outspoken, engaging personality that has established himself as a media sensation with a loyal fan base. Relishing in his reputation and driven by a sense of purpose, he is known for having a Bible in one hand and a bullhorn in the other. Although he plans to run for office in hopes of making substantial changes to the city, Pastor Bullock’s first love is practicing ministry as the leader of the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church. He is active in his community. Recently he took peace to the struggling community of Detroit with a huge ‘Peace BBQ’ Pastor Bryant understand that you must meet people where they are to make them better.

He is crystal clear that he is walking and treading where Jesus would have gone. He is in the streets every day.

The world saw his drive for the community was featured on Oxygen’s Preachers Of Detroit this past season.

Jarvis L. Collier: Minister Of The Poor
Jarvis L. Collier is the Pastor of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Their ministry is feeding the hungry in a dignified way.The original “Prayer House” coffee house opened in Kansas City in 1970 and a sit-down meal was served to 65-100 people. Now approximately 2,600 meals, delivered to 953 families. The work of 543-Volunteers from 57 different churches, synagogues and community organizations are lead by the support and leadership of Pastor Collier who ‘hears the cry of the poor’ and serves Psalm 69:33 as part of his ministry.

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Oretha Winston

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