Here, in one comprehensive volume, two noted scholars and proven practitioners of urban ministry address the vital work of the church in the city. Their dual goal* to understand the city and God's work in it. They trace the history...
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Here, in one comprehensive volume, two noted scholars and proven practitioners of urban ministry address the vital work of the church in the city. Their dual goal* to understand the city and God's work in it. They trace the history of the city around the world, and then they tackle the critical issue of a biblical basis for urban mission. How does the Bible view the city? Are we closer to God in the country than the city? Does the Bible have an anti-urban bias? These questions are given a thorough analysis that unveils God's urban mandate as reflected in both Old and New Testaments. From this foundation the authors unpack the multifaceted nature of the city as place, as process, as center, as power and as a place of change and stability. They move us beyond fragmented stereotypes to a new way of seeing that is holistic enough for a fully biblical ministry to develop. In addition, they lay out what the social sciences have to offer urban mission, including ethnographic and demographic studies.;While showing how such studies have identified unreached cities and unreached groups within cities, they do not become captive to research but demonstrate how to keep kingdom priorities in view. Finally, Urban Ministry focuses on the essential element of leadership. While there are many books on the topic, little has been said about the particular issues and needs of urban leadership. Therefore, the authors give significant attention to developing and mentoring leaders while equipping the laity for ministry in the city. This is an essential text for bringing God's kingdom to the city through the people of God.
In this book Harvie M. Conn and Manuel Ortiz address the vital work of the urban church as they trace the history of the city around the world, examine the biblical basis for urban mission, unpack the multifaceted identity of the city and discuss particular issues and needs of urban leadership.
Harvie M. Conn was professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, where he has served since 1972. He was a missionary in Korea from 1960 to 1972. His numerous books and articles include The American City and the Evangelical Church; Eternal Word and Changing Worlds: Theology, Missions, and Anthropology in Trialogue; and Urban Ministry:The Kingdom, the City & the People of God with Manuel Ortiz. He edited Urban Mission for a period of ten years.
- Introduction Part One: The City Past & Present 1. From The Present To The Past 2. Into The Industrial Age 3. The Fourth Great Urban Wave 4. From Urban Reality To Reflection Agenda Part Two: Biblical Perspectives 5. God & The Old Testament City: Love Or Hate? 6. Temptation & Testing, Promise & Fulfillment 7. Jesus, The Spirit & The Church 8. A New Lord, A New People, A New World Part Three: Understanding The City 9. Place, Process & Misperception 10. Religion In The City 11. The City As Power 12. The City As Center 13. Urban Constancy & Change 14. The Contemporary Church Responds Part Four: Developing Urban Church Growth Eyes 15. The Social Science & Mission 16. Ethnographic Studies & Mission 17. Demographic Studies & Mission Part Five: Promoting Kingdom Signs In The City 18. Reachable People Groups & The City 19. Contextualization & The City 20. Shalom & Social Transformation Part Six: Leadership & Discipleship For The Urban Church 21. Contextual Traits Of Urban Leadership 22. Development Of Urban Leaders 23. Mentoring The Urban Leader 24. Equipping The Laity For Urban Ministry 25. Spiritual Warfare In The City