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CORE I: Black Church USA, The Costen Thought

Image: “The Sugar Shack” (1976) by Ernie Barnes

Core I

This pilot program is a special learning opportunity of the Black Church USA curriculum provided by JCSTS in conjunction with the 400 Year African American History Commission grant. Ten individuals were selected for this one-week, December 2020 event. Schedule details for the week are noted below. Stay tuned for more upcoming empowering learning events.
The strength of this introductory course is that we will define leadership in worship using cultural, liturgical, biblical foundations, and denominational distinctions, to familiarize ourselves with the rich heritage of the Black Church USA and the African American experience amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and future disturbances to come.  


  • To use foundations for Ministry in the Black Church

  • Provide a basic understanding of worship and its significance of leadership roles through music sacred arts and preaching in accordance with the Matthew 28:19 mandate without neglecting the Racialdemics of the United States

  • Explain the need for the Black Church USA and gain insight regarding the type of leaders chosen to lead unique Black /African American congregations.

  • Become acquainted with basic foundations for worship, how to lead or assist in its leadership, and the awareness of how to discern what is needed in our various approaches to worship.   

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Pilot Class Operations

Monday: 10:30 am -12:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 
Tuesday: No Class 
Wednesday: 10:30 am -12:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am -12:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am -12:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


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The price of the on-going Black Church USA class is $50.00 USA. This one-week intensive pilot is full scholarship. 

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