This book examines the disparate role of the African-American church as an institution and to what degree it has measured up to its role as a spiritual, moral, or economic force in the black community. Herbert E. Brown has undertaken a brutally critical analysis of its leadership, the African-American clergy. Mr. Brown has identified and isolated three basic topologies of leaders and leadership styles that he has observed in the African-American church: the pimp, the punk, and the pusher.
Brown analyzes these leadership styles in the context of their ramifications on how such negative forces militate against the ability of the black church to fulfill its practical and spiritual mission. He clearly delineates the differences and similarities of each leadership topology and concludes that this insidious phenomenon is deeply entrenched and very pervasive in the African-American church establishment.
Consequently, these insidious and diabolical forces have all but totally emasculated the black church as an economically empowering organization, castrated it as a spiritual organism, and rendered it totally impotent as a moral example for practical living. Furthermore, Brown seeks to ascertain to what degree the African-American church, all but crippled by the pervasive influences of these extremely negative leadership styles, has been an effective obstacle to concrete political and economic African-American community empowerment. Obviously, this is not a blanket indictment of the entire African-American church establishment.
However, it is a brutally honest and unvarnished examination of the pathetic failure of the African-American church as a spiritual custodian, moral example of righteous behavior, and a force for economic empowerment in the black community. Due to the poor quality of the great majority of its leadership, encumbered by its grotesque biblical miseducation, moral dishonesty, cultural amnesia, and intellectual ineptitude, it is Mr. Brown’s contention that the African-American church has failed miserably as an agent for spiritual development, moral standards, or economic empowerment in our community.
Therefore, Brown suggests that there must be a radical redefinition of doctrinal dogma, a total re-education of leadership and a re-direction of spiritual and practical focus, if the black church is ever to properly fulfill its true mission.