Many in our day think that it is no longer possible to have big, strong, vital, influential, mission-minded downtown congregations. Those who predict the end of downtown churches will point to the suburbanization of Anglo populations, the erosion of inherited institutional loyalties, the decline of public transportation, the lack of interest by a younger generation in Sunday worship, the deterioration of public school systems, the fear of crime, the closing of downtown department stores along with the rise of shopping malls, and so on.
Here is the story of a man with a vision for new life in urban churches. In this book, Edington shows how to use innovation to lead a congregation to numerical, financial and spiritual success. He shows pastors in the city environment proven methods for keeping their churches alive and well despite the particular obstacles facing them in the urban landscape.
Howard Edington is Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church (USA), in Orlando, Florida.
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