In 2009, we developed the BIG IDEA section of the African American Lectionary. This is a resource that provides churches with tools to enhance their ability to minister to their members and surrounding communities. As a part of this project, we feature churches with 600 members or less who have implemented innovative and effective programs in the areas of education, economic empowerment, health awareness, violence prevention, housing, and more.

Our hope is that other churches and communities will be able to replicate the successes of these churches. We believe that average-sized churches, with BIG IDEAS can inspire others to address the needs of an ever-changing world.

Please enjoy each video and feel free to contact the sources provided. Also, if your church develops a program because of information you obtained from our BIG IDEA section, please send us an email to and let us know. You can also place a message on our Facebook page.


The African American Lectionary Team



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