- Hold the historic Christian gospel—orthodox and
Biblical in doctrine and practice, but are neither
legalistic nor liberal, neither doctrinalist nor
pietist, neither individualistic nor collectivistic.
- Have a positive regard for the city; recognize that it
is the most strategic possible place for ministry.
- Neither over or under adapt to the culture of those
in their surrounding neighborhood and culture.
- Are intensely, creatively evangelistic and effective
in reaching not just people who are already
traditional or conservative but who are very
- Relentlessly emphasize and seek to build strong,
“thick” counter-cultural Christian community in
cities, especially through cell groups.
- Are holistic, ministering in both word and deed to
their community and the poor in extremely creative
and generous ways.
- Have a bias toward being multi-ethnic—seek to be
at least as multi-ethnic as their neighborhood.
- Are arts and culture-friendly; both supportive of
Christian witness in “secular work” and willing to
train people for cultural leadership, not just church
- See church planting as a ministry as natural and
important as discipleship, music, education, and
Friday, March 16, 2007
Timothy Keller: Our New Global Culture
Here's a link to an interesting article by Timothy Keller entitled, Our New Global Culture: Ministry in Major City Centers. He says ministries in city centers will be effective if they: