Urban ministry reading list – help please


I am beginning an 18 month study project to help me think about discipleship focused churches in an areas of high deprivation and super-diversity. Part of my study involves reading. So I have begun to put a reading list together.  Here’s what I have so far. I’d appreciate comments and suggestions. Thanks, Neil

Urban Harvest – Roy Joslin

Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City and the People of God – H M Conn & Manuel Ortiz

Unreached – Tim Chester

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert, John M. Perkins

Good News for the Poor – Tim Chester

A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community John Fuder

A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry Hardcover – 1 May 2009 by John Perkins (Foreword), John Fuder (Author)

Crossing the divide: a call to embrace diversity – Owen Hylton

Dynamic diversityg: the new humanity church for today and tomorrow – Bruce Milne

Multicultural Mininstry: Finding your church’s unuque rhythm – David A Anderson

Building a multi-ethnic church – Linbert Spencer

Angels on the walls: the risk taking faith that reclaimed a community – Wallace and Mary Brown

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3 Responses to Urban ministry reading list – help please

  1. John Wonnacott says:

    Fantastic list Neil – will have a look and see what else I would suggest – a vastly under resourced and researched area. Very struck especially by how few men we have here in a housing estate in Belfast following the One who gathered around him a bunch of whom not many were educated etc. Also how we overcome hurdles not just of biblical illiteracy but illiteracy and numeracy issues in general.

    While not wanting to add to your burden – if there is any way to send updates I would be glad to be on the list!!!!

    I hope and will try to keep you in my prayers that this discipleship study will be first and foremost a time of recharge and refreshment for you, your wife and family and your congregation as well as further equipping and resourcing yourselves and the rest of us!

    Every blessing

    John >

  2. Anand says:

    HI Neil, thinking about our own context similar to where you are. I found Tim Keller’s book ‘Center Church’ quite useful for thoughts on a reaching a diverse community in the long term Blakenhall. Quite inspiring. Chapters on contextualisation, evangelism to ethnic communites and city vision and were particularly useful chapters. I’d also recommend reading ‘their rock is not as our rock’by Daniel Strange on approaching people of different faiths.

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