A Tale of Two Cities: Black Churches in Denver and Atlanta

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849512 | DOI:
A Tale of Two Cities: Black Churches in Denver and Atlanta

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This chapter demonstrates how the potential for collaboration was developed in Denver and Atlanta and how it is proving appropriate and effective for both internal and external strategies of social reform. Membership size of churches in both cities varies widely; many—49% of churches in Denver and 52% in Atlanta — have between 100 and 500 members. There is a strong tendency in both cities for black churches to own their buildings rather than rent them. In addition, a majority of churches in both cities conduct at least one nonreligious community outreach program. Metro Denver Black Church Initiative was launched in Denver to improve conditions in low-income black neighborhoods through the local churches. Furthermore, the outreach to the community in Atlanta is described.

Keywords: black church; Denver; Atlanta; social reform; Metro Denver Black Church Initiative; community outreach program

Chapter.  5269 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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