Overview

Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. This book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of their city to share life with those who are struggling, homeless, sick, poor, neglected, or otherwise marginalized. The community has grown over time to seven neighborhoods where on any given day you may find "Urban Visionites" growing vegetables amidst the concrete, teaching English...
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Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom

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Overview

Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. This book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of their city to share life with those who are struggling, homeless, sick, poor, neglected, or otherwise marginalized. The community has grown over time to seven neighborhoods where on any given day you may find "Urban Visionites" growing vegetables amidst the concrete, teaching English to refugees, offering alternative education programs to out of school teenagers, fostering children, doing church with the homeless, offering friendship to the mentally ill, roasting fair trade coffee, running kids clubs, moms groups, tenant meetings or just sharing yet another cup of tea with their neighbors. In fact sharing is a good summary of the whole shape of this exciting movement. They share homes, food, money, vehicles, jobs, prayers, dreams, conversations, fun, tears, pain, hope, healing, transformation . . . they share the whole of life with each other and with their neighbors. They live the gospel, this good news of Jesus.
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Meet the Author

Jenny and Justin Duckworth were founders of Urban Vision movement.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Charles Ringma ix

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Throwing It Overboard

1 Going Deep: Throwing out the "Next" and the "New" 3

2 Staying Faithful: Throwing out Experience Seeking 9

3 Living the Dream: Throwing out Entertainment 13

4 Finding Our Vocation: Throwing out Career 18

5 Trusting God: Throwing out Financial Security 24

6 Nurturing Healthy Relationships: Throwing out the Hollywood Romance 29

7 Opening our Homes: Throwing out the Picket Fence 35

8 Paddling against the Current: Throwing out Respectability 41

Part 2 Taking It On

9 The Shared Life: Taking on All God Sends Us 49

10 The Rhythmic Life: Taking on Discipline and Balance 56

11 The Simple Life: Taking on Justice, Grace, and Generosity 63

12 The Transformed Life: Taking on Hope for Change 70

13 The Reconciled Life: Taking on the Work of Mending 77

14 The Kingdom Life: Taking on Kingdom Moments 86

Part 3 Launching

15 Preparing to Journey: Gathering a Crew, Knowing Your Destination, Charting a Course 93

16 The Shape: Building a Boat 101

17 The Wider Church: Paddling in Synch 104

18 The Provisions: Sustaining the Journey 108

19 On the Waka in the Wake of Jesus 110

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