Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century. Rapid urbanization and globalization processes worldwide have changed the landscape of our times. In Asia and Africa the number of urban dwellers increases by an average of one million per week, according to the United Nations. More than half of the globeâ€™s seven billion human beings now live in cities. These realities have far reaching implications for mission in urban contexts at the start of the third millennium. Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century seeks to address the missiological challenges associated with this new world order.
Each author in this collection respectfully builds upon the significant contributions of seminal writers such as Ray Bakke, Jacques Ellul, Basil of Caesarea and others, while making new and creative proposals for urban mission in our world today. Beginning with the bigger picture of the global challenges of urbanization, and moving through theological, historical, and educational perspectives, this volume concludes with a rich bevy of case studies engaging these new realities of both North American and international cities to encourage a missional thrust to reach these communities.
Section 1: Todayâ€™s Emerging Megacities in Global Perspective
The Strategic Nature of Urban Ministry
The Next Frontier: The Implications for Missions of Global Urbanization in the Twenty-first Century
Emerging Global Mega-Regions and Globalization: Missiological Implications
Gary Fujino and John Cheong
Section 2: Historical and Theological Perspectives on the City
Basil of Caesarea: An Early Christian Model of Urban Mission
Edward L. Smither
Jacques Ellulâ€™s Contribution to an Evangelical Theology of the City
Section 3: Theological Education and Training for Ministry in Todayâ€™s Cities
Riots in the City: Replacing Nineteenth-century Urban Training Models with Relevant â€œUrbanizedâ€ Training Models for the Twenty-first Century
Larry W. Caldwell and Enoch Wan
â€œLet Those in the City Get Outâ€: Making a Way of Escape
Section 4: Contemporary Case Studies on Todayâ€™s Cities
Examining Evangelical Concentrations and International Migrations in the US and Canada: A Call for More and Better Urban Research.
J. D. Payne
Extreme Makeover: Church Addition (Church Mergers as an Opportunity for Urban Missions)
From Niche to Parish: A Qualitative Study of Congregations Engaging Transitional Neighborhoods
Kathryn Lewis Mowry
Immigrant Communities in Americaâ€”Objects of Mission or Missional Agents? The Case of the Church of Pentecost (Ghana) in Urban America
Appropriating Faith within the City: An Examination of Urban Youth Ministry in Immigrant Churches
Janice A. McLean
A New Day Dawning in the Old Country? Twenty-first-century Urban Trends in Germany and Their Implications for Urban Church Planting
Islam in Urban America: Developing Strategy to Reach Diaspora Muslims through the Local Church
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