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Urban Ministry An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0687642256
ISBN-13: 9780687642250
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ronald E. Peters
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Description: A comprehensive introduction to the particular challenges and opportunities of congregational ministry in urban settings. Urban ministry has long been a part of seminary curricula, buta basic and definitive understanding of what students should know  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 197
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

A comprehensive introduction to the particular challenges and opportunities of congregational ministry in urban settings. Urban ministry has long been a part of seminary curricula, buta basic and definitive understanding of what students should know as they prepare for congregational ministry in the city has remained elusive. Too often it is assumed thatthe theological resources developed for ministry inother settings areadequate for urban ministry, but these resources fail to account for the unique challenges and opportunitiesof the urban setting.Ronald Petersclarifies the nature of urban ministry asa theological discipline byshowing howits corevalues of love, justice, community, and reconciliation (among others) engagetheissues of economics, education, family life, public health, ethnic relations, and religious life in the urban environment.Arguing thatthecity has always servedas an arena of God's activity, Petersarticulates a theological rationale for urban ministry that is bothhopefuland yetrealistic,affirming thatGod lovesthecity and its people and encouraging practitioners to do the same.

An introduction : the information gap and discerning the right questions
Pitfalls and potentials : the city as a paradigm of human relationships
Bridging the chasms in urban ministry
Looking back : ancient and modern urban ministry
Urban theology : a bottom-up perspective
Antecedents of a top-down theological perspective
Antecedents of a bottom-up theological perspective
Core values in urban ministry
Two spheres of urban ministry : parish and public
Seeing with a divine lens : issues and networks in the city
The egalitarian metropolis

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