Transforming Urbania

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 27, 2004

This is a great post from our friends at Leaving M?nster. There are a number of established churches that are doing great things in their neighborhoods. However, as a church planter with a small group of people, I am struck with this question:

How does a new, small church bring real transformation to an urban area? Where do we begin? I’ve tried to encourage people to live in the area and share their presence. It is amazing how many ministry opportunities arise from regular connections. We’re also going to begin an ESL tutoring program for the local immigrants. But there is so much need, and we are few.

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2 Responses to “Transforming Urbania”

  1. Gordon on September 28th, 2004 2:43 am

    I stumbled on your website via Jonny Baker - for someone involved in inner city mission can I say thanks for a great resource.

    Also could I recommnend

    Beckford, R. (2004). God and the Gangs: An Urban Toolkit for Those Who Won’t Be Sold Out, Bought Out or Scared Out.

    - I’ve been blogging a bit about my highlihgts.

  2. Van S on September 28th, 2004 9:48 am

    Hey Gordon–thanks for the suggestion. I added you to my blogroll. Its good to have the urban folk representing.

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