It is estimated that $11.5 billion is collected by black churches from the black community annually. Making the black church the biggest business within the black community. But there is seldom any job creation from the biggest business in the community. Could this be the reason why the black community is in the shape it’s in now?

When churches are bringing in this kind of income annually it is vital to put some of it back in the community. I have nothing against pastors building bigger churches but far too often I see churches building bigger churches to hold larger congregations and neglecting job creation. If you are attending a church (especially if it’s a mega church) that does not give back to community financially, please consider finding a new church home. They are doing the community a disservice.

As much money as African Americans “invest” in churches, there is no reason for so many predominately black communities to be filled with abandoned buildings, no jobs, and crime. Crime is higher in poor neighborhoods which is why job creation is important. Most of the businesses in poor black neighborhoods are owned by people that don’t look like us, making their chances of getting hired slim to none.


Black churches have the ability to transform poor black communities by simply creating jobs. With all of the abandon businesses and homes I see when drive through these communities, they could truly change lives. They could transform the community block by block rehabbing homes. They could open markets providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. They could create better schools, schools in which the curriculum is fun and challenging. Take notes from some of these entertainers and athletes and open juices bars, organic fast food restaurants, and homeless or rehabilitation centers. There are endless possibilities to what they could be doing.

Yes I am aware there are a lot more than jobs needed in these communities to help rebuild them but job creation is a start. How is building a bigger church helping anyone but the pastor?


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