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Reaching the City (EMS 20)

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Reaching the City (EMS 20)
Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century
Gary Fujino (Editor), Timothy R. Sisk (Editor), Tereso C. Casino (Editor)
Rapid urbanization and globalization processes worldwide have changed the landscape of our times. In Asia and Africa the number of urban dwellers increases by an average of one million per week, according to the United Nations. More than half of the globe’s seven billion human beings now live in cities. These realities have far reaching implications for mission in urban contexts at the start of the third millennium. Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century seeks to address the missiological challenges associated with this new world order.

Each author in this collection respectfully builds upon the significant contributions of seminal writers such as Ray Bakke, Jacques Ellul, Basil of Caesarea and others, while making new and creative proposals for urban mission in our world today. Beginning with the bigger picture of the global challenges of urbanization, and moving through theological, historical, and educational perspectives, this volume concludes with a rich bevy of case studies engaging these new realities of both North American and international cities to encourage a missional thrust to reach these communities.

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  • Pages: 3043
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2012
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Contributors
Section 1: Today’s Emerging Megacities in Global Perspective

  • The Strategic Nature of Urban Ministry by Alan McMahan
  • The Next Frontier: The Implications for Missions of Global Urbanization in the Twenty-first Century by Bob Garrett
  • Emerging Global Mega-Regions and Globalization: Missiological Implications by Gary Fujino and John Cheong

Section 2: Historical and Theological Perspectives on the City

  • Basil of Caesarea: An Early Christian Model of Urban Mission by Edward L. Smither
  • Jacques Ellul’s Contribution to an Evangelical Theology of the City by Stephen Strauss

Section 3: Theological Education and Training for Ministry in Today’s Cities

  • Riots in the City: Replacing Nineteenth-century Urban Training Models with Relevant “Urbanized” Training Models for the Twenty-first Century by Larry W. Caldwell and Enoch Wan
  • “Let Those in the City Get Out”: Making a Way of Escape by Larry Poston

Section 4: Contemporary Case Studies on Today’s Cities

  • Examining Evangelical Concentrations and International Migrations in the US and Canada: A Call for More and Better Urban Research by J. D. Payne
  • Extreme Makeover: Church Addition (Church Mergers as an Opportunity for Urban Missions) by Derek Chinn
  • From Niche to Parish: A Qualitative Study of Congregations Engaging Transitional Neighborhoods by Kathryn Lewis Mowry
  • Immigrant Communities in America—Objects of Mission or Missional Agents? The Case of the Church of Pentecost (Ghana) in Urban America by Birgit Herppich
  • Appropriating Faith within the City: An Examination of Urban Youth Ministry in Immigrant Churches by Janice A. McLean
  • A New Day Dawning in the Old Country? Twenty-first-century Urban Trends in Germany and Their Implications for Urban Church Planting by Stephen Beck
  • Islam in Urban America: Developing Strategy to Reach Diaspora Muslims through the Local Church by Mark Hausfeld

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