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

By Manuel Ortiz (Author) & Harvie M. Conn (Author)
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Pages   527
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.74"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 13, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815732  
EAN  9780830815739  

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Here, two noted scholars address the vital work of the Urban church. They trace the history of the city around the world, examine the biblical basis for urban mission, unpack the multifaceted identity of the city and discuss particular issues and needs of urban leaderdship. This is the essential text for bringing God's kingdom to the city.

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More About Manuel Ortiz & Harvie M. Conn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Harvie M. Conn is professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, where he has served since 1972. He was a missionary in Korea from 1960 to 1972. His numerous books and articles include The American City and the Evangelical Church and Eternal Word and Changing Worlds: Theology, Missions, and Anthropology in Trialogue; he continues to edit Urban Mission.

Harvie M. Conn died in 1999.

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Good for its purpose  Jan 21, 2008
It spends a lot of time discussing the city as related to Old Testament teaching, but then comes to current, practical ministry ideas in disciple making.
Wow  Jan 18, 2008
Such a broad spectrum regarding the city. They bring many thoughts and ideas to the table. It is a book that needs to read a couple of times, but really helps one understand the city and the importance that should be placed on it. It would be nice to see an updated version of this book.
Read this book!!!  Jun 29, 2006
This book is THE text book that everyone involved in urban ministry needs to read. Conn & Ortiz have worked together to create a book that covers almost every aspect of urban ministry, not only informing the reader of the challenges of urban ministry, but equipping the reader to face those challenges.

The book begins by placing the urban environment within the context of world history. The city was originally a place of worship, then it became a political center, a cultural center and a commercial center. The authors then focus on the global urban population explosion. These cities are growing for three reasons. These are first of all due to better medical care there is a stable birth rate and a declining death rate. Secondly, there is the push from the rural areas moving toward the cities for a better life. Finally there is the pull of the cities with the dream of having a better job and a better standard of living.

The authors wait until chapter thirteen to define the city as: "a relatively large, dense and socially heterogeneous center of integrative social power, capable of preserving, changing and interpreting human culture both for and against God's divine purpose." The reader is challenged to rethink a rural centric Christian ideal which has retreated from the cities for many years turning the cities into a large and growing mission field.

The authors explore the role of the city as a center of culture, power and commerce. The city has always been a place of stability. In ancient times the city had walls for protection and today cities have large buildings that give an element of stability, yet the city is also a place of constant change. In this tension the urban minister is urged to be knowledgeable and prepared for ministry. The authors call the reader to make use of the social sciences, anthropology and demographics in their urban ministry. The final chapters are incredibly practical, teaching the reader about selecting and training urban leaders and mobilizing the laity.

The message of the book is not to just evangelism in the city, but mobilizing leaders and the church as a whole to bring about social transformation in the global urban centers.


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