Dr.King started his ministry in Ebenezer Baptist Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a minster first. The public came to know him because he pursued freedom. He wanted God’s people to have the respect and love that they were created and endowed with. Each year, there are pastor’s who rise to the occasion to take the mantle and help Christ’s sheep.
Martin as a pastor understood Jesus’s message of delivering people from the chains of the world’s sufferings. He healed their souls nut often dealt with their social infirmities. These are the four pastors taking on the social struggles Jesus would have faced.
These are the pastors who are wearing the Shepherds Mantle passed on by Dr.King.
Minister To The Disconnected
Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is the new pastor and heir to Ebenezer Baptist Church.He served for six years as the Youth Pastor and four years as Assistant Pastor at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City – also one of the nation’s leading congregations. Finally, before taking the helm of Ebenezer, Pastor Warnock immersed himself further in the challenges of urban ministry, in the 21stcentury, while serving for 4 ½ years as the Senior Pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church, also a spiritual base of social activism. The church has as active ministry that serves. This past summer they offered free haircuts to men while ministering to their hearts.
Minister to The Poorest of The Poor
Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens.Pastor Rudy founded the Bread of Life, Inc. (a not for profit corporation) with Juanita in December of 1992 and began serving dinners to the homeless in the sanctuary at St. John’s. Years later the Bread of Life has changed the landscape of Downtown Houston providing an array of services to homeless men and women seven nights a week in the Bread of Life facility on the St. John’s campus.
Minister to Sinners Where They Are
Pastor DeVon Franklin ministers to Hollywood. He is using the medium of film and Hollywood to reach souls. He never judges them and has given us movies that can touch hearts. He affirms that If he’s not following the example Christ led of being of service, then what does it all matter? So he tries to look at it from a very practical light. As a Christian, it’s not just about what you believe, but also how you act. DeVon has said:
Regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief or gender, the whole goal, especially in the films that I try to put together and push through the system, are films that can tackle that universal experience of life and at the same time find an element that can be inspirational. So with Heaven is for Real, we approached it from [the perspective of] making a movie for everybody.
In the next few hours Franklin will receive an award at the SCLC-SC King Legacy Awards Gala on Jan. 18, 2016, hosted by CBS’s Code Black actor William Allen Young. The organization has previously honored Greys Anatomy’s Jesse Williams.
The SCLC-SC King Legacy Awards Gala is special, because it is presented by the only organization established by Dr, King, and honors those men and women who reflect the mission, vision and dream of our founder, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The SCLC-SC King Legacy Week provides a diversity of programming over seven days for everyone of all ages and backgrounds.”
Honorable mentions should be given to three Pastors fighting right now in the streets for dignity and respect.
They are as follows:
A. R. Bernard (born, 10 August 1953) is the Founder, Senior Pastor and CEO of Christian Cultural Center (CCC) located in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Jamal Harrison Bryant (born May 21, 1971) is an African-American preacher and pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in his hometown of Baltimore. He is the son of Bishop John Richard Bryant, Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America.Read these related stories.
Pastor Alfred Harris a pastor who isfighting in Flint Michigan right now for clean water. He is a member of The Concerned Pastors Coalition for Clean Water to fight for better water for residents
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