Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City, & the People of God

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InterVarsity Press, 2001 - Religion - 527 pages
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No. 3 in the 2002 Academy of Parish Clergy Top Ten Books of the Year!Cities--the anvil of civilization, the center of power, the metaphor for society itself--have been with us for thousands of years. Here converge piety and trade, security and politics. Yet just two hundred years ago only 3 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today half does. Despite this tremendous explosion of urban growth, the work of the church has generally lagged behind. The city presents serious challenges that cry out for answers: poverty, racism, human exploitation and government corruption. How can the church move ahead in the midst of these demands with the gospel of hope? Here, in one comprehensive volume, Harvie Conn and Manuel Ortiz, 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.Through four great waves of development, Conn and Ortiz trace the history of the city around the world. 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, Conn and Ortiz 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 Ministryfocuses 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 the essential text for bringing God's kingdom to the city through the people of God.

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So much juiciness and gospeliciousness in this volume. It is too much to take in at once, but it should be read and then consulted as a resource for urban ministry and church planting. Read full review

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User Review  - Katie Sargent - Goodreads

Harvie Conn and Manuel Ortiz explain both the history of the city and its evolution through time, as well as the Church's role in the city throughout history. After laying this historical foundation ... Read full review


From the Present to the Past
Into the Industrial Age
The Fourth Great Urban Wave
Love or Hate?
Temptation Testing Promise Fulfillment
Jesus the Spirit the Church
A New Lord a New People a New World
The Social Sciences Mission
Ethnographic Studies Mission
Demographic Studies Mission
Reachable People Groups the City
Shalom Social Transformation
Spiritual Warfare in the City
Contextual Traits of Urban Leadership
Selecting Candidates for Urban Leadership Development

Place Process Misperception
Religion in the City
The City as Power
The City as Center
Urban Constancy Change
The Contemporary Church Responds
Curriculum for Developing Urban Leaders
Mentoring the Urban Leader
Equipping the Laity for Urban Ministry
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About the author (2001)

Harvie M. Conn is 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 and Eternal Word and Changing Worlds: Theology, Missions, and Anthropology in Trialogue; he continues to edit Urban Mission.

Ortiz (D.Min., Westminster) is professor of ministry and urban mission and director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary. For fourteen years he ministered to Hispanics in Chicago, founding four churches, two elementary schools and an extension school for theological education. He has continued in community ministry by planting a multiethnic church in Philadelphia and by promoting urban and multiethnic ministry around the nation through his speaking and consulting efforts.

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