Center Church : Doing Balanced, Gospel-centered Ministry in Your City Hardback
Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology.
How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?
In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City.
This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - 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. "In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A.
Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, black & white tables, figures
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publication Date: 20/08/2012
- Category: Christian ministry & pastoral activity
- ISBN: 9780310494188
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Review by gwhittick
This one is my book of the year. It is a clarion call to be faithful to the Gospel, while having a theological vision that is contextualised faithfully to the environment in which we work. It concludes with a ringing endorsement of the importance of church planting. This is a book that engages heart and mind in mission, provokes us to thoughtful faithfulness and drives us to a clear theological vision of mission in our context. The best I've read o the subject. Although it's quite long, it is not filled with unnecessary padding, has a very clear structure and progression as you read through it.