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

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No. 3 in the 2002 Academy of Parish Clergy Top Ten Books of the Year!

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 and they focus on the particular issues and needs of urban leadership, including a plan for 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. Now in paperback!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830838707
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2010
  • Pages: 527
  • Sales rank: 765,028
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Conn was emeritus professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before his death in 1999. He served as a missionary in Korea for twelve years and joined the faculty of Westminster in 1972. Conn was for ten years editor of Urban Mission. He also wrote Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace and Eternal Word and Changing Worlds.

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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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: The City: Past & Present
1. From the Present to the Past
2. Into the Industrial Age
3. The Fourth Great Urban WavePart Two: Biblical Perspectives
4. God & the Old Testament City: Love or Hate?
5. Temptation & Testing, Promise & Fulfillment
6. Jesus, the Spirit & the Church
7. A New Lord, a New People, a New WorldPart Three: Understanding the City
8. Place, Process & Misperception
9. Religion in the City
10. The City as Power
11. The City as Center
12. Urban Constancy & Change
13. The Contemporary Church RespondsPart Four: Developing Urban Church Growth Eyes
14. The Social Sciences & Mission
15. Ethnographic Studies & Mission
16. Demographic Studies & MissionPart Five: Promoting Kingdom Signs in the City
17. Reachable People Groups & the City
18. Shalom & Social Transformation
19. Spiritual Warfare in the CityPart Six: Leadership & Discipleship for the Urban Church
20. Contextual Traits of Urban Leadership
21. Selecting Candidates for Urban Leadership Development
22. Curriculum for Developing Urban Leaders
23. Mentoring the Urban Leader
24. Equipping the Laity for Urban Ministry
Works Cited
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