Our nation used to look at violence, poverty, and gentrification and assign those problems to urban centers. Today, these issues concern the suburbs, too.
The Christian community is responding to this reality. Churches and parachurch ministries are actively working to transform lives and restore communities throughout the city and suburbs.
In A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, you will be challenged by a collection of voices seeking community renewal. These individuals are involved in creative church planting initiatives, and they are serving the growing Hispanic and Muslim populations. Additional endeavors include serving racially changing communities, economic development strategies, and more.
As anyone who has been in ministry for any length of time can attest, tackling some of the most challenging issues of our times is no mere academic exercise. The voices within these pages write from experience and offer workable, vibrant models of ministry that make a difference.
There is a new awakening in the Christian community, and this book represents the voices of that awakening.
-Dr. John Perkins, John Perkins Foundation/Co-Founder of Christian Community Develop Association
Two cutting-edge urban ministry veterans, John Fuder and Noel Castellanos, have assembled some of the best practitioners in the nation to share fresh insights into the rapidly changing urban landscape. With cities gentrifying and poverty suburbanizing, the definitions and practices of urban ministry are changing. A Heart for the Community is right on time.
-Bob Lupton, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta
Drawn from a wide range of practitioners, A Heart for the Community may prove to be the manual and text for the 21st century urban minister. This book is a worthy testament to the exciting work of the Christian Community Development Association and a needed encouragement for those on the front lines of ministry.
-Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
How can you 'be the church' and minister God's grace in the midst of changing demographics in our cities? John Fuder and Noel Castellanos provide a powerful resource to help churches and Christian organizations remain relevant during this huge paradigm shift. A Heart for the Community is a must read!
-Dr. Keith Phillips, World Impact