Welcome to the world's first urban century. How will you respond?
For the first time ever, more people now live in cities than outside them. Cities offer both big headaches and vast opportunities, and agencies that once focused on rural work are increasingly turning their attention to urban centers. Join veteran researcher and missiologist Patrick Johnstone as he explores the fastest growing cities and megacities in the world, showing how Christian workers are addressing people's spiritual, physical, and social needs.
In 1962 Patrick Johnstone left England's countryside to serve the bustling townships of apartheid-era South Africa. His pioneering of urban ministries changed his life. Journey with Patrick and Dean Merrill as they share God's heart for the city and introduce pastors, missionaries, and community workers who are addressing urbanization's key challenges.
God has a heart for today's cities. See how you can join this urgent mission.
About the Author
Patrick Johnstone has informed and inspired a generation of Christian workers with his Operation World books, which have sold 2.5 million copies. He lives in Cambridgeshire, England, where he serves as a regional director for WEC International's European bases. His most recent book is The Future of the Global Church.
Dean Merrill has written or cowritten more than forty books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (with Jim Cymbala) and Too Small to Ignore (with Wess Stafford). He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ed Stetzer 1
Part 1 Eyes to See
1 The First Urban Century 9
2 Cities: Headache or Opportunity? 25
3 What God Thinks of Cities 31
Part 2 Eight Critical Responses
4 Action 1: Pray Together 41
5 Action 2: Exegete the City 53
6 Action 3: Push Against Urban Poverty 61
7 Action 4: Reach Out to Diasporas 71
8 Action 5: Form Healthy Churches 79
9 Action 6: Confront Sinful Structures 89
10 Action 7: Address Real Human Pain Directly 95
11 Action 8: Embrace a Wider Vision 105
Conclusion: Greater Things Are Still to Come 111
Featured Ministries 118
What People are Saying About This
"This book serves the church by helping its leaders better understand the cities in which they're planting churches, living on mission, and sharing the gospel. . . . My hope is that it will be a useful tool for urban ministers of the gospel for years to come."