How to Get to Heaven in Black Christian Evangelicalism

How do you get to Heaven?

That’s the question being asked as more than a dozen Black evangelical churches across the United States prepare to welcome the first-ever international guests to their services in more than five decades.

The churches are the first to open their doors in their communities in a ceremony that is being billed as the first “ex-slave church” ever hosted in the U.S. This is the first time an African American pastor has been invited to lead a church, and it’s the first event to be held in the United Kingdom.

The celebration is scheduled for May 10, but there’s no official timeline yet.

The first African American to lead the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in the country will be Rev. David Scott, who has served in ministry for decades.

His role as pastor is the subject of a New York Times Magazine article.

Here are the 10 things you need to know about Scott, his life, his faith, and his mission.

1.

The Rev. Scott was raised as an African-American in Alabama.

He’s been the pastor of the First American Baptist Church in New Orleans since 2006, and served as a United Methodist minister and ordained minister of Christ in Alabama before taking over the First Baptist Church of New Orleans in 2005.

His son, Rev. Thomas Scott, is a professor of Christian Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the author of several books on the history and culture of Black people in America.

2.

In a recent article for The Times of Israel, Scott says that he was raised black in the Deep South, but his family was from Georgia.

“I was raised in the South and then I moved to Atlanta when I was 11,” he says.

He moved to the Deep North, in Atlanta’s Southside, at the age of 16, and was raised Baptist.

“My family is a very conservative, Baptist family,” he said.

“There’s a lot of pride in that.

And I think that’s a good thing.

I think it helps us to not take things for granted.”

3.

He grew up in Atlanta and attended Southern Baptist University.

He attended a Baptist school, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, before going to Trinity University in Atlanta.

4.

He is the president of the Atlanta Baptist Convention.

In 2009, he founded the Atlanta Missionary Baptist Church, which he cofounded with Rev. Patrick J. Burt, the pastor at First Baptist in Atlanta, and has also been the president at Atlanta’s largest church, the First United Methodist Church.

The two pastors have overseen the mission of the church since 2014, and the congregation has grown to over 100,000 people.

5.

He was born in Alabama, raised in Atlanta to a devout Baptist family, and attended a Presbyterian school.

He says he grew up hearing stories of the Black church.

“As I got older, I started to think more about the church,” he recalls.

“But I’m not a pastor.

I’m a preacher.”

He says his mission is to build churches in the African American community, where there are so many people of color.

He calls the black churches his home, and he sees his ministry as helping to build the Black churches in Atlanta that he’s already served.

6.

He speaks to people of all ages, ethnicities, and creeds about their faith and faith history.

He explains the Bible’s teaching on faithfulness, which includes the story of the black man who walked out of the temple.

He also talks about Jesus Christ, the gospel of love, and how he and the African-Americans he serves are working to build a new church that will welcome people from all walks of life.

7.

He said the church has grown in size, but it still has to focus on its mission.

“Our mission is still to be a church for the African Methodist community, to be the church that the African Americans are the church, that the churches in our community are, and to be that church that Jesus Christ gave us,” he told The Times.

“That’s the heart of our mission.”

8.

Scott says he believes that Black people need to understand what God is doing for them.

“We’re not just here for the gospel, we’re here for a purpose,” he tells the Times.

9.

He has led dozens of churches in his lifetime, but this is the most significant.

The First African American Methodist Episcopal (AAMEC) Church is one of the largest churches in Georgia and has more than 500,000 members.

It’s led by black pastors, and its leadership is African American.

10.

Scott is known for his passion for the Bible.

“If you’re not following Jesus, then you don’t have a purpose in life,” he explained to The Times in 2009.

“And the only thing that will give you purpose is to come to Christ.”