Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Eugene Austin, DMin

Second Advisor

Gregory Tate, DMin


v ABSTRACT The term “Black Church” may seem old and outdated, however during the civil unrest in the 1960 were racial divide between European Americans and African American threatened the economic stability and existence of a country. The phrase black church represented hope in a heavenly change to come for people of color. In the discussion Sexuality and Service, the intersectionality to ministering to the LBGTQIA+ community you will discover how the black church can better serve a community of diverse sexualities in the manner Christ intended for the institution called black church was designed to service all people seeking Gods love. This research explores how the rich history of the Black Church as a power source for the community it severed had growing pains about slavery and reconstruction also civil rights partnership in the 1960. The term black church finds its roots in the 1777 establishment of First Baptist Church in Savannah, GA, which was the first recognized black official assembly erected. The historical breadcrumbs of those issue starting before or after 1777 unveils the crossroad religious institution particularly the black church and its clergy said or did to navigate theological problems when applied to social issues. Sexuality and service is a relevant contention within denominations in the black church diaspora. Those contention have spawned out of control that the ability to provide a spiritual need is based on a believer on non-believer-sin condition. This research creates an honest dialogue with the black church about its standards on service of all people apart of the African diaspora despite any underlying issues.

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