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The needs in underprivileged communities are too often misunderstood and neglected, resulting in devastating impact upon the already poor and marginalized. Neighborhood Mapping by Dr. John Fuder is an engaging, practical tool available to assist workers in the field to better understand the communities they are involved with, and I highly recommend it as an easy-to-use resource to those who care about ministry to "the least of these."
Dr. Wess Stafford, President emeritus of Compassion International/Author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute
I count it a privilege to endorse this book written by a man who loves the Lord but who also loves the great city of Chicago with its sprawling neighborhoods, broken social systems, and well known reputation for criminal activity! John's heart beats for this city, for its families, its churches, and its children. Rather than run from these challenges, he is attracted to them, believing that God can be counted on to work mightily where the needs are greatest. At last we can benefit from John's expertise, so we can better understand our particular city and minister without fear, knowing that God Himself loves the cities of the world. In short, this book is a gift to all who have a burden for the great and growing urban areas of the world that long to be understood, loved, and transformed with an authentic gospel witness.
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church
Today most Christians are not short on a desire to impact city neighborhoods for Christ. Our only challenge is that our good intentions are soon sabotaged by our inability to know and understand the neighborhood dynamics in which we are trying to work. This "pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey" approach to neighborhood ministry sometimes is more harmful than helpful. So a big-time "thanks" to my friend John Fuder who helps us take the blindfold off so we can minister with eyes wide open toward effective outcomes.
Dr. Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
I've had the privilege of working with my friend Dr. John Fuder for close to twenty-five years to make the gospel relevant in under-resourced communities. It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend his new book, Neighborhood Mapping, to anyone who has a heart for seeing their communities impacted by the good news of Jesus Christ.
Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
A naval officer once told me "theory without practice is dangerous, practice without theory is deadly." Dr. Fuder has street cred. As many churches launch into "inner city" kinds of ministries, they will save time and frustration learning from Dr. Fuder's experience. Thanks, John, for helping us share Christ in complex places.
Dr. Michael Easley, Teaching Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church /Former president, Moody Bible Institute
When I first moved to Chicago over nine years ago the first person many told me I needed to meet with was John Fuder. I was told over and over again what an insightful and compassionate man he is. After meeting with him many times over the years I can only say-those were understatements. John loves the city and sees the city through a compassionate, hospitable, and gospel grid. He has been able to make alliances when others have not. He is trusted where many others are seen with a cautious eye. He wades in where many are hesitant.
Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church
I cannot think of anyone more qualified to develop a gospel-centered community analysis format than Dr. John Fuder. As a graduate student in his class at Moody Theological Seminary, his teaching transformed my spiritual life. The same passion he demonstrated in the classroom is clearly reflected in the pages of this book. Without a doubt, this guide will provide users with a tool to effectively create and transform spiritual community ministry. I commend Dr. Fuder for his continued commitment to the cause of urban ministry.
Berlean M. Burris, PhD, Professor (retired), Moody Theological Seminary
If you long to see urban churches unified and God strategically moving through them, Dr. Fuder has created the text to aid in that vision. If you are a community activist, church planter, pastor, or lay leader in the city, this handbook is a necessity. God wants you to know your neighborhood, and with this Dr. Fuder has compiled all the tools needed to bring understanding and depth of knowledge to your context.
Candy Gibson, National Recruiting Director, World Impact
They say the world is flat and that we are all one big interconnected community, yet many churches still know little about their own communities. Community analysis as prescribed in this book will help ensure more effective outreach and better stewardship of kingdom resources for reaching your community.
Steve Roa, Director of Strategic Partnerships, US Center of World Missions
As I read through this wonderfully crafted tool for effective community analysis, the recurring thought in the back of my mind was "if only." "If only" this well thought-out professional tool was available to my coworkers and me when we were serving overseas, how much better we would have understood and ministered to the people to whom we were sent. This manual is applicable anywhere in the world, and I especially encourage those working cross-culturally to make systematic use of it.
Dr. Marvin Newell, Senior Vice President, Missio Nexus
John Fuder has given us a helpful resource for analyzing and engaging our communities. This user-friendly guide uses the tools of ethnography to learn about our communities but with a thorough integration with spirituality and how God sees our community. This will be useful for students learning about engaging the city, as well as churches that are looking for guidance as they learn and reach out around them. The appendices are a wonderful bonus, containing helpful tools and surveys. I expect to use this often.
Dr. Jude Tiersma Watson, InnerCHANGE, Associate Professor of Urban Mission, Fuller Seminary
Truly here is a tool I wish I had twenty years ago in our ministry. Neighborhood Mapping not only inspires the concept of incarnational presence in the city, but shows us how to do it well. Anyone who seeks to understand the life and soul of their neighborhood and city will want to make this book a part of their tool box. Thank you, Doc Fuder, for another gift to all of us who are laboring to love the city.
Brad Stanley, Director, YWAM Chicago / Author, Finding God in the City
John, you sold me at the table of contents! Every city movement lead team needs your question-prompted process for analyzing their communities in real-time discovery rather than mere theory. The city movements I coach will welcome this new resource because it equips them to answer critical questions of how to examine neighborhoods and exegete the unique and changing culture of communities.
Neighborhood Mapping is a strategic approach that is perfectly suited to assist the whole church to show and tell the whole gospel to the whole city. Your use of Scripture is a refreshing juxtaposition of biblical truth and practical action steps, a field guide for both fresh thought and best practice leaders. Based on a lifetime of scholarly study and street-level service, it is up-to-date and state-of-the-art. On behalf of many city reachers, collaborative enterprises, and outward focused pastors and prayer leaders, "Bravo and thank you!"
Phil Miglioratti, National Coordinator, Loving Our Communities to Christ / COO, Mission America Coalition