Center Church Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

ISBN-10: 0310494184

ISBN-13: 9780310494188

Edition: 2012

Authors: Timothy Keller
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Description: Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It's not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)---they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ.Center Church, a collection of twelve essays by Timothy Keller, outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organized around three core commitments:* Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. * City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry.* Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 9/8/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.958

Timothy J. Keller was born in 1950. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University in 1972, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975, and a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1981. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years. He is founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York. He has written several books including Grace Changes Everything, Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, and The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, which won awards from World Magazine and Christianity Today.

Abbreviations
Introduction: Center Church Theological Vision
Gospel
Gospel Theology
The Gospel Is Not Everything
The Gospel Is Not a Simple Thing
The Gospel Affects Everything
Gospel Renewal
The Need for Gospel Renewal
The Essence of Gospel Renewal
The Work of Gospel Renewal
City
Gospel Contextualization
Intentional Contextualization
Balanced Contextualization
Biblical Contextualization
Active Contextualization
City Vision
The Tension of the City
Redemption and the City
The Call to the City
The Gospel for the City
Cultural Engagement
The Cultural Crisis of the Church
The Cultural Responses of the Church
Why All the Models Are Right… and Wrong
Cultural Engagement through Blended Insights
Movement
Missional Community
The Search for the Missional Church
Centering the Missional Church
Equipping People for Missional Living
Integrative Ministry
The Balance of Ministry Fronts
Connecting People to God
Connecting People to One Another
Connecting People to the City
Connecting People to the Culture
Movement Dynamics
Movements and Institutions
The Church as an Organized Organism
Church Planting as a Movement Dynamic
The City and the Gospel Ecosystem
Epilogue: Late Modernity and the Center Church
Acknowledgments
Subject Index
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