Jesus is still the answer for urban ministries, for ministries to the downtrodden, poor, and distressed in our cities.
A Heart for the City is a rich compendium of valuable information on city ministries, written by people who are currently ministering in the city, including pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless missions. It includes many illustrations and case studies that will prove valuable to any who work in the city or who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city.
There are 29 chapters, divided into the following seven parts:
- Context and History
- Biblical and Philosophical Foundations
- Education and Training
- Local Church Models
- Ethnic Communities
- Disenfranchised Subcultures
- Children and Youth
A Heart For the City is a unique treasure of encouragement for those serving in the inner city. You will surely be blessed!
I am excited about this new tool, written by many of my longtime good friends and colleagues in the Christian Community Development movement. Ministry to the poor must be built upon sound practical wisdom that has been developed on the community level. With the expertise of time-tested veterans, this book helps to close the gap between the academician and the practitioner.
-Dr. John Perkins, Chairman, Christian Community Development Assoc.
An amazing volume. A Heart for the City provides an in-depth view of Chicago as a city where God has been used and is at work. The historical background is fascinating, and the thorough overview of contemporary ministries is inspiring. This book should be the model and impetus for similar study of other major cities.
-Dr. Craig W. Ellison, Professor of Counseling and Urban Studies, Alliance Theological Seminary
Finally urban ministry is receiving the kind of attention in print that it deserves. This work is must reading for those who wish to understand and cooperate with God's plan for the city.
-Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
There are powerful word images in these pages you may not have heard from evangelicals in a while--Christian community development; a gospel that is both vertical and horizontal; a foreign mission field on our urban doorstep; wholistic ministry. Other word pictures will be more familiar and less frightening--Jewish evangelism; ministry in the jails and to urban youth. May God bless the reader as he discovers and rediscovers the challenge behind all these words and through grace transforms image into reality, word into deed.
-Dr. Harvie M. Conn, Professor of Missions Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
A Heart for the City is one of the most important books I have read on urban ministry. Each chapter is written by leaders and practitioners from every major field of the urban church. This volume provides vision, inspiration, philosophy, and practical advice for fulfilling the Great Commission in contemporary urban America.
-Dr. Lyle W. Dorsett, Professor of Evangelism, Wheaton College and Graduate School
A Heart for the City is a harvesting of the richest insights of some of the nation's most-effective contemporary urban ministry practitioners. Writing from hard-learned personal experience, these frontline veterans share important truths that are foundational for any who would venture into the urban frontier.
-Dr. Robert D. Lupton, Executive Director, FCS Urban Ministries
This anthology on urban ministry will be of value to everyone with a heart for the urgent needs of our inner cities. Drawing on the legacy of D.L. Moody and the Moody Bible Institute which he founded, A Heart for the City issues a call for conservative Christians to reclaim our cities for God. The selections provide the theoretical, educational, and practical ministry to guide us in this endeavor. May it be used to motivate and equip God's people to more effective ministry in our urban centers.
-Dr. Keith Phillips, President, World Impact, Inc.
Urban ministry workers can never get enough materials which blend the practical with the reflective, and this book provides a welcome addition to the literature. With its Chicago-Moody Bible Institute focus, the book's heart practically beats in the reader's hands. Dr. John Fuder and the writers have written a book which we'll all want to add to our shelf of texts to reach for when questions arise.
-Dr. Judith Lingenfelter, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Biola University, School of Intercultural Studies
God has a heart for the city, but often the church does not. Read this book and your heart for the urban mission frontier will grow.
-Dr. Roger S. Greenway, Professor of World Missiology, Calvin Theological Seminary
For years I have yearned for a practical, "transferable," and at the same time, biblical guide to urban ministry. A Heart for the City is the answer to that prayer. The authors are not armchair theorists . . . they are servants of the Lord who share with us out of compassionate hearts for the city and successful models of ministry as examples of the transforming power of Christ for hurting people. This book will equip you to do the same.
-Dr.Crawford W. Lorritts, Jr., Author, Speaker, Associate U.S. Director, Campus Crusade for Christ