When it comes to church planting, especially within the last ten years or so, there has been an increased focus on the strategic role of planting in urban contexts. Cities, so it is often noted, are places of disproportionate influence and opportunity. Thus, they represent one of the most missiologically significnt contexts of engagement.
At the same time, major urban centers present distinct challenges requiring a variety of unique cultural and leadership skills.
In the workshop below, three pastors (Felipe Assis – Miami, Kevin Haah – Los Angeles, and Aaron Graham – Washington D.C.) seek to engage the topic of church planting in urban contexts from theological as well as practical perspectives.
If you are currently pastoring or planting in an urban context…
- What are some of the unique challenges you’ve experienced?
- What sort of theological vision drew and/or sustains you in your context?
- What kinds of resources (people, books, networks, etc.) have been most helpful in terms of equipping you for planting in an urban context?
Cities in North America are not only ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse, they are also spiritually diverse and pluralistic. How can the gospel be contextualized in places of so much diversity? What does it look like to plant urban churches that truly exist for the sake of the city? To lead people to faith in Jesus and mobilize them for the work of justice? To develop worshiping communities that help heal and restore long-time racial and socioeconomic barriers? Hear the stories of three pastors who have planted urban churches in Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC. They will share their theological vision for urban mission and stories of how this vision is contextually embodied in the life and ministry of their churches.
The audio download of this workshop is available HERE and is available for free all day today, 8/12/13 (discount automatically applied when you add the workshop to your cart).
If you find resources like this helpful, there are many more available here. You might even want to grab a bundle all at the same time.
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