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Divine Callings: Understanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism

Richard N. Pitt


One of the unique aspects of the religious profession is the high percentage of those who claim to be “called by God” to do their work. This call is particularly important within African American Christian traditions. This book offers a rare sociological examination of this markedly understudied phenomenon within black ministry. It draws on over one hundred in-depth interviews with Black Pentecostal ministers in the Church of God in Christ—both those ordained and licensed and those aspiring—to examine how these men and women experience and pursue “the call.” Viewing divine calling as much as a ... More

Keywords: religious profession, God's calling, African American Christian tradition, black ministry, Church of God in Christ, clergy positions, clericalism

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814768235
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard N. Pitt, author

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