Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

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Zondervan, Sep 4, 2012 - Religion - 400 pages
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Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?

In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

"In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


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User Review  - gwhittick - LibraryThing

This one is my book of the year. It is a clarion call to be faithful to the Gospel, while having a theological vision that is contextualised faithfully to the environment in which we work. It ... Read full review

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If you like Tim Keller, you will definitely be pleased with this one. I have not read the entire book yet, but the parts I have scanned so far, have already been extremely insightful. While I have not ... Read full review


Title Page
Gospel Theology
The Gospel Is Not Everything
The Need for Gospel Renewal
The Essence of Gospel Renewal
The Work of Gospel Renewal
Gospel Contextualization
Balanced Contextualization
Missional Community
The Search for the Missional Church
Centering the Missional Church
Equipping People for Missional Living
Integrative Ministry
The Balance of Ministry Fronts
Connecting People to God 24 Connecting People to One Another

Biblical Contextualization
Active Contextualization
The Tension of the City
Redemption and the City
The Call to the City
The Gospel for the City
Cultural Engagement
The Cultural Crisis of the Church
The Cultural Responses of the Church
Why All the Models Are Right and Wrong
Cultural Engagement through Blended Insights
Connecting People to the City
Connecting People to the Culture
Movement Dynamics
Movements and Institutions
The Church as an Organized Organism
Church Planting as a Movement Dynamic
The City and the Gospel Ecosystem
Late Modernity and the Center Church
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Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.

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