Religion News Service
| by Adelle M. Banks

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was quoted in a Religion News Service story about megapastor Jamal Bryant and his move from Baltimore to a church in Lithonia, Ga., which has lost two pastors since 2017. Bryant’s transition demonstrates the problem of continuity in churches with nationally significant pastors, Gilkes said. “Even though pastors are professional, it is like losing a family member,” she said, and a successor often winds up preaching with “some kind of enshrined shadow or ghost sitting or standing over the person.”
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