Updated urban ministry reading list – can you help make any more suggestions?


My urban ministry reading list is growing. I’ve noticed that many of the books were published in the last five years (I’m planning to add publication dates soon). This suggests to me that many Christian missionary pastors are engaging with urban ministry, which is encouraging.

I believe there is lots to learn about urban ministry from the reformers and from the Victorian era, when industrialisation and urbanisation created new challenges. Richard Baxter’s Reformed Pastor is a classic which comes to mind. Our church has lecturn bibles and prayer books dated 1841 from The Society for the Propogation of Christian Knowledge. I wonder if there are any books on urban ministry from those eras which anyone is aware of, as well as others from contemporary authors.

Urban Harvest – Roy Joslin

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

Unreached – Tim Chester

Center Church – Tim Keller

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)

To Live in Peace by Mark Gornik

Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right by John M. Perkins

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

Dynamic diversity: 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 – Walkace and Mary Brown

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