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Adventures in Restorative Listening

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Translating The Father's Prophecy To A Practical Life Worship Service

In a precious church I was part of for eighteen years, the pastors made space during the music portion of the corporate worship service for prophetic words to be shared. People who sensed they had a word came up to a pastor designated to evaluate public contributions, shared it with him, and the pastor discerned if it should be shared or not. If so, these people were allowed to address the congregation from a microphone in one of the aisles. It frequently was encouraging and consoling (1 Corinthians 14:3). Also, small group leaders were trained to evaluate prophetic words so that they could be shared in small groups as well. In both cases, a prophecy was evaluated by a leader and by the gathered church present.

Translating the Father's Prophecy to a Practical Life || Worship Service

Few ministers were more aware of the impact of the Great Migration than the Rev. Lacey K. Williams of Olivet Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in Chicago. In an essay published in the Chicago Sunday Tribune in 1929, Williams argued that black churches must respond to the practical and spiritual needs of people struggling to adjust to urban life; the churches must be "passionately human, but no less divine." Under Williams' leadership, Olivet developed a program of progressive social reform, reaching out to new migrants, providing them with social services and knitting them into the larger church community. Olivet Church became the largest African American church -- and the largest Protestant church -- in the entire nation.

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