Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith is the senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, with the vision to be an urban, multi-ethnic, relevant, holistic, and Christ-centered community. He has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Hip-Hop Church.

Articles By This Author

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry

by Efrem Smith 11-10-2010
As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated.

Women in Ministry: Following Christ's Example

by Efrem Smith 09-17-2010
I recently spoke to a pastor who made his case for not supporting women as senior pastors. "I've asked many men this question," he said.

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology

by Efrem Smith 05-19-2010
I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism.

Audio: For God So Loved the World

by Efrem Smith 11-04-2009
In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16.

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence

by Efrem Smith 10-27-2009
This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on.

Audio: Remember Your Immigrant Roots

by Efrem Smith 10-19-2009
In this short clip from a recent sermon, Pastor Efrem encourages European Americans to remember their own immigrant heritage and history in order to inform their current attitudes toward immigratio

Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil

by Efrem Smith 10-12-2009
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign.

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government

by Efrem Smith 10-01-2009
I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical.

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'

by Efrem Smith 09-22-2009
It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate.

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice

by Efrem Smith 04-30-2009
In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person.

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