Monday, September 27, 2010

needing help: church in the city 2010

I have a tough gig on Thursday. I need help. I have been asked to speak on the theme of mission as it relates to being church in the city in 2010. The conference is a first-ever and it’s a GREAT idea – to resource city churches in mission.

I’ve applauded the idea from day one, such a practical way to gather a unique mission group. City churches have unique mission challenges. Their location is both crisis and opportunity. Their history is both crisis and opportunity. It’s a delight to be involved. But I still need help.

The other keynote speaker is Tim Costello. Following Tim is a tough enough gig! And yes, I have taught before around celebrating the city and urban mission. But I feel like I need something fresh, some stories of hope, something that might inspire a bunch of hard-working, inner-city ministers.

So, perhaps my blog readers can help: what stories do you know of city churches doing contemporary mission well?

And ideas: if you were a city church minister, with all that heritage and all that opportunity, what would you do, to be part of city transformation?

Posted by steve at 06:48 PM


  1. I’m not sure whether a story from Berlin might be helpful – or an ecumenical story from Hamburg where a community of Christians is seeking to live togehter and bear witness in the new harbour development. In Berlin the city mission is seen as doing really interesting things. I’ll see what I can dig out … and my colleague in Paris Gilles Boucomont is doing an amazing job in mission in the heart of the Marais district – very into the arts and into the gospel

    Comment by jane — October 3, 2010 @ 4:43 am

  2. love to know more Jane. the presentation is over, but I’m always up for collecting stories,


    Comment by steve — October 3, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

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