In a groundbreaking and engaging work of ethnography, urban studies, and theology, Mark Gornik explores the recent development of African Christianity in New York City. Through the lens of three African immigrant church bodies - the Church of the Lord (Aladura), the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God - this book examines the pastoral, spiritual, and missional dynamics of this global and transnational movement.
Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City draws on ten years of involvement and research, during which Gornik conducting more than one hundred interviews and attended several hundred worship services, Bible studies, prayer meetings, healing services, seminars, community meals, harvest festivals and other events at more than 35 churches throughout New York City.
A groundbreaking work of ethnography, urban studies, and theology, Mark Gornik's Word Made Global explores the recent development of African Christianity in New York City. Drawing especially on ten years of intensive research into three very different African immigrant churches, Gornik sheds light on the pastoral, spiritual, and missional dynamics of this exciting global, transnational Christian movement.
Mark R. Gornik is director of City Seminary of New York. He served previously as the founding pastor of New Song Community Church in Baltimore and is also the author of To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Mark Gornik's fascinating, in-depth look at African Christianity in New York City should be read by anyone concerned to understand the future of the new, global Christianity, and especially by those doing urban ministry. . . This is the kind of analysis sorely needed today."
University of Edinburgh
"This unique and illuminating study, based on extensive religious ethnography, is indeed a vital contribution to our understanding of the dynamics, mission, and vitality of new African Christianity in New York City. It will be a significant reference point for future research in a relatively nascent field. . . A must-read!"
Manuel A. Vasquez
University of Florida
"An ethnographically rich and theoretically astute account of the diversity, creativity, and vibrancy of African Christianities in New York. Beyond the vivid and compelling exploration of local congregations and practices, Gornik paints an insightful and prescient portrait of the emerging face of Christianity as it enters its third millennium. This Christianity operates simultaneously at the grass roots, addressing the embodied needs and desires of those at the margins of society, and at a global level, traveling with and through transnational immigrants and hypermodern electronic media."
Dana L. Robert
Boston University School of Theology
"By focusing on African immigrant churches in New York City, Gornik illumines the distinctive features of Christianity today: transnational, urban, embodied, and missionary. This exciting study both builds upon the most recent scholarship and moves our knowledge of world Christianity forward."
"I highly recommend this well-researched and interesting book! It has encouraged me to more deeply explore the stories of and nurture relationships with the emerging immigrant churches in my own community."
Reviews in Religion & Theology
"Reading this book is like sitting at the feet of an elder who is telling marvelous stories. As you listen, you absorb more than factual information and theological insights. You absorb a perspective; a sense; a feel. You learn by osmosis as you read this book."
Anglican and Episcopal History
"An engaging read; the descriptive passages are lively and evocative, and the theoretical analysis is solid. . . . Accessibly written and thought-provoking."