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Divine CallingsUnderstanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism$
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Richard N. Pitt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814768235

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.001.0001

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“Don’t Quit Your Day Job”

“Don’t Quit Your Day Job”

Redefining Religious Work

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Divine Callings

Richard N. Pitt

NYU Press

This chapter explains why most men and women are unlikely to find full-time paid positions in their local Church of God in Christ (COGIC) churches and how this situation handicaps opportunities to serve in the kinds of positions, even as unpaid laborers, where their peers in other denominations might be found. It shows how they construct a new framework for understanding religious labor in order to legitimate their continued secular employment, arguing that the rhetorics these ministers deploy in talking about their secular work and their calls to ministry help them overcome the structural constraints that might otherwise hinder a coherent sense of themselves as religious laborers.

Keywords:   Church of God in Christ, COGIC churches, religious labor, secular work, ministry callings, structural constraints

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