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The Demand and the Supply of Increased Efficiency in the Negro Ministry The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 13   By:

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In "The Demand and the Supply of Increased Efficiency in the Negro Ministry: The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 13", Jesse E. Moorland presents a comprehensive examination of the challenges and opportunities faced by black ministers in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Moorland's insightful analysis sheds light on the pressing need for efficiency and continued improvement within the Negro ministry.

The book explores the historical context in which black ministers operated, consistently highlighting the societal limitations and prejudices they encountered. Moorland adeptly describes the immense demand placed upon these individuals by their communities, while also underscoring the need for improved education, organization, and overall efficiency within the Negro ministry.

One of the strengths of Moorland's work lies in his meticulous research and statistical analysis. He presents a wealth of data, paired with thoughtful interpretation, to support his claims and recommendations. This approach enhances the credibility of his arguments and provides readers with a solid foundation to understand the current state of the Negro ministry.

Furthermore, Moorland's prose is both engaging and accessible. Despite addressing complex themes, he manages to convey his thoughts in a manner that is easy to follow, ensuring that his work remains relevant and impactful for a broad readership. This accessibility allows for a wider dissemination of his ideas and enables a more comprehensive engagement with the issues at hand.

One aspect that sets this book apart is Moorland's solution-oriented approach. Rather than simply highlighting problems, he prudently offers pragmatic suggestions for improvement. These include the establishment of training institutions, enhancing education opportunities for ministers, and fostering closer collaboration between different churches and denominations. By doing so, Moorland demonstrates an astute understanding of the challenges faced by black ministers while providing concrete steps towards overcoming them.

While "The Demand and the Supply of Increased Efficiency in the Negro Ministry" may be a niche topic, it holds significant value for scholars, historians, and anyone interested in understanding the historical experiences of black religious leaders in America. Moorland's comprehensive research, engaging writing style, and penchant for practical solutions make this book a valuable contribution to the field. It stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of black ministers while highlighting the ongoing need for improvement within their ranks.

Overall, Moorland's book provides a captivating and informative analysis of the Negro ministry, addressing the demand for increased efficiency and suggesting viable solutions to meet these demands. By shedding light on this often-overlooked aspect of American history, Moorland makes an invaluable contribution to our collective understanding of the challenges faced by black religious leaders in the early 20th century.

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Occasional Papers, No. 13.



The Demand and the Supply of Increased Efficiency in the Negro Ministry.


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Press of R. L. Pendleton 609 F St. N. W. Washington, D. C. 1909

The Demand and the Supply of Increased Efficiency in the Negro Ministry.


In the discussion of this subject I fully recognize the opportunity men have to serve God in any honorable vocation. The Christian lawyer or physician is called of God as truly as a minister. Such men are putting the emphasis on service and not on getting. The condition confronting us is alarming and this warrants the earnest plea in this paper for a greater number of efficient ministers.

This is probably the most important question confronting the colored people to day. After all, a race or a nation is measured by its religion, and the greatest fact about a people is its religion. The efficiency of a nation depends in a large degree upon the character of its religious principles. When the good Queen Victoria was asked what made her realm so great, it was expected that she might point to her well equipped navy or her efficient army, but she modestly held up a little book, called the Bible, and said: "By adhering to the principles contained in this Book, greatness has come to Great Britain... Continue reading book >>

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