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A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry - eBook
Moody Publishers / 2012 / ePub
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Islam, gentrification, AIDS, and multiculturalism: Where do we face these realities? A few years ago, it was in the city. But today, many city dwellers are moving to the suburbs, either by choice or because of circumstances beyond their control. And this shift is changing both the urban and suburban landscape.
With this shift in mind, editors John Fuder and Noel Castellanos have gathered together a team of experts to help you minister effectively in both the urban and suburban context. Divided into four sections--Critical Issues, Church-Planting Models, Ministering to Suburban Needs, and Para-Church Ministries--A Heart for the Community is a rich resource designed to help you do ministry today.
JOHN FUDER (PH.D., Biola University) is Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries of re:source global as well as a part time grad school and adjunct professor for Moody Bible Institute. In 1993, after 15 years of serving in urban ministry in California, Dr. Fuder brought his passion of equipping students for effective urban ministry to Chicago. As the Professor of Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School, Dr. Fuder taught ministry practitioners and students for 17 years. Dr. Fuder has authored many publications including A Heart for the Community, A Heart for the City, and Training Students for Urban Ministry. Dr. Fuder and his wife, Nellie, have three children and a granddaughter.
NOEL CASTELLANOS has worked in full-time ministry in urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. Noel is a highly sought after speaker, motivator, and mentor to young leaders throughout the USA, and has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of emerging leaders. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he has established the new CCDA Institute, which is working to equip emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the CEO of CCDA. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children, Noel Luis, Stefan, and Anna, and make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago.
There is a new awakening in the Christian community, and this book represents the voices of that awakening.
-Dr. John Perkins
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.
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.
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,
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