To Transform a City: Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City - eBook  -     By: Eric Swanson, Sam William
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Zondervan / 2010 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780310576358
ISBN-13: 9780310576358
UPC: 025986576356
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Publisher's Description

To Transform a City is a timely, compelling book that helps readers understand how to think about cities, their own city, and the broad strategies needed for kingdom impact. The book begins with an overview of the importance of cities in the new day in which we live. The authors address the process of transformation along with examples of where and how communities have been transformed throughout history. After writing a persuasive chapter on kingdom thinking the authors unfold the meaning of the whole church, the whole gospel, and the whole city. The book ends with the need for people of good faith to work together in the city with people of good will for the welfare of the city.

Author Bio

Eric Swanson is a missional leadership specialist with Leadership Network, leading initiatives with externally focused churches that are missionally engaging their communities, cities, and the world.  He is coauthor of The Externally Focused Church (Group, 2004), The Externally Focused Life  (Group, 2009), and The Externally Focused Quest  (Jossey Bass, 2010). He lives in Louisville, Colorado, with his wife, Liz, and enjoys reading, blogging, photography, cooking, travel, and good coffee. Sam Williams is the codirector of Vision San Diego, a coalition of 200 public, private, and not-for-profit sector organizations working together to serve San Diego.  He was a pastor for 35 years, a seminary professor, has planted 13 churches, and is a church and leadership consultant. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Nancy, and loves books, movies, and loving on his grandkids.

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    City Transformation and the Whole Gospel
    January 15, 2011
    Alan Johnston
    God is working in cities. That's not to say that He isn't working in rural settings and so forth, but people everywhere are finding that when we engage cities, taking the complete gospel to the whole city, lasting transformation for the Kingdom is taking place. That is the premise of To Transform a City by Eric Swanson and Sam Williams.

    They begin by building 'a case for cities.' From defining cities, to historical evidence of what has aided cities, to models for cities, to reasons to engage the cities, they make a case for the importance of cities, sociologically and spiritually alike. It sets the tone for the rest of the book, which deals with city transformation, spiritually and otherwise. If cities are going to change, it starts with individual transformation, which leads to church transformation, which leads to community and cultural transformation. It is about big picture transformation that begins on the individual level and moves up to wider reaching and lasting change.

    Chapter three looks at understanding the Kingdom of God, the message of the Kingdom, the values of the kingdom and engaging others in the Kingdom. Chapter four is a fascinating look at historical examples of transforming power, from the early Christians, through medieval and middle ages, to more modern examples, calling on believers to reverse the recent reversal and get back to fully living out the good news in our communities. Next comes a call for unity and the whole Church working together, rather than merely as individual units, in order to do more and to be more effective, and to incorporate the whole Gospel into the transforming Kingdom work. Advocating a 'thicker Gospel,' we turn goodwill into good works about the good news. This Gospel transformation should move across all sectors of the city, including business and social sectors and much more. We partner with others who care, even if they don't share all, or perhaps any, of our spiritual goals and beliefs, because we are doing it for the common good and for the common grace. We leverage 'social capital,' and as externally focused churches, we can turn the strength of our bonded capital into bridging capital, changing our scorecard to match God's standards for measurement and God's heart for our communities.

    Finally, Swanson and Williams challenge leaders to rethink the future and to realize that what we can't move forward by continuing to do the same things that haven't worked. We must become transformed ourselves, and must yield ourselves to God's Kingdom work, His plan and His desire for our world to be transformed. Warning: don't read this if you are not prepared to be challenged deeply.
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