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It's not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)---they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ.
Center Church, a collection of twelve essays by Timothy Keller, outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organized around three core commitments:
1. Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to
our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do.
2. City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are
wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry.
3. Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of
our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.13 X 7.38 (inches)|
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Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?
In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
"In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.
guacamataRevelstoke, BCGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Refreshing approach to church leadershipApril 1, 2013guacamataRevelstoke, BCGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very thought provoking, well written treatment of the balance the church needs to follow in this present time.
Dan PruittRome, GAAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Grand SlamOctober 12, 2012Dan PruittRome, GAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you like Tim Keller, you will definitely be pleased with this one. I have not read the entire book yet, but the parts I have scanned so far, have already been extremely insightful. While I have not read all of his books, in my opinion, this could be his best (and most comprehensive) book on ministry I have read. He unleashes his vast knowledge and experience in ministry that I have not found anywhere else.