Mentoring Community Kids: Introducing the Black Lives Matter Generation to the Black Church Open Access

Hinds, Michaiah (Spring 2021)

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What would the Black Church look like within ten years without the Black Lives Matter Generation, formally known as Generation Z. The Black Lives Matter Generation is the generation of youth and young adults who have disconnected themselves from the Christian institution, faith traditions, and worship experiences that constitute the Black Church. My research focuses on the lack of this generation's engagement within the Black Church. Particularly, within the Winston-Salem community, many of our youth aren't actively engaged and integrated into the life of the Black Church. With the onset of COVID-19, those numbers have unfortunately grown tremendously. To combat a drastic loss of a generation and the Black community, we have implemented a youth mentorship program and added a six-week intensive spiritual formation component. The aim is to develop a ministry that draws young people back to the Black Church: through relationship building, mentorship, and spiritual uplift. The goal is to encourage a healthier mental, social, emotional, educational, and spiritual young person.

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