Urban Impact: Reaching the World through Effective Urban Ministry

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Half of the population of the world lives in cities of one million or more. If we don't reach and disciple from these masses, our future missionary and pastoral force will be diminished. The book Urban Impact is a trumpet call to muster our forces but also deals with the philosophy and practical principles that make any ministry in the city successful. Brandishing a practical writing style coupled with real life experiences, John Thompson helps the reader understand the problems, burdens, joys, and powerful ...

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Overview

Half of the population of the world lives in cities of one million or more. If we don't reach and disciple from these masses, our future missionary and pastoral force will be diminished. The book Urban Impact is a trumpet call to muster our forces but also deals with the philosophy and practical principles that make any ministry in the city successful. Brandishing a practical writing style coupled with real life experiences, John Thompson helps the reader understand the problems, burdens, joys, and powerful impact cities have on the rest of society.

Helping the city pastor or missionary develop an effective ministry, Thompson elaborates on seven critical principles necessary for an effective urban ministry. Following this discussion the book turns to two of the leading challenges of great cities. The first being how to reach the disenfranchised-those from minority groups, people who have substance abuse problems, and the homeless, to name but a few. The second challenge deals with one of the greatest foundational problems in our cities and in all of society: the plight of the Absent Father. Other chapters address urban discipleship as the most effective approach to promote life transformation, planting churches in the difficult urban environment, and a topic rarely discussed in urban books, raising a family in the city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608996582
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 548,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Thompson has lived and served in the inner city of Chicago for twenty-nine years. He is the Pastor of Discipleship at Armitage Baptist Church, a multicultural church representing thirty-seven different ethnic groups from the inner city of Chicago. He has taught in many Bible colleges and seminaries on urban topics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Paige Patterson xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

1 The Mother of All Challenges 1

Constant Change, Enormous Needs, But-for-God Impossible Difficulties

2 A Place of Unparalleled Potential 14

A Biblical Prescription for Worldwide Impact

3 Principles of Urban Ministry, Part 1 24

Interpersonal Guidelines that Insure Success

4 Principles of Urban Ministry, Part 2 35

Guidelines that Insure Credibility

5 Calibrating Our Compass 49

The Great Omission of the Great Commission

6 Turn the World Upside Down 64

Great Impact Multiplied

7 Reaching the Disenfranchised, Part 1 86

Helping People Deal with Racial Discrimination, Low Self-esteem, and Depression

8 Reaching the Disenfranchised, Part 2 98

Helping People Deal with Addictive Behavior, Poverty, and Homelessness

9 The Absent Father 116

The Greatest Problem in Our Society

10 Living in the City 137

Achieving Unbounded Success in a Degraded Environment

11 Planting an Urban Church, Part 1 155

God's Institutional Design for Reaching Beyond

12 Planting an Urban Church, Part 2 170

Hitting the Road Running

Appendix 1 Test Yourself: The Burnout Checklist 185

Bibliography 189

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