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Dr Tim Chester is a director of the Porterbrook Seminary which provides affordable, Bible-college level training for church leadership and missional church in the context of your ministry (www.porterbrookinstitute.org). He is a leader of The Crowded House, a church planting network (www.thecrowdedhouse.org). He blogs at www.timchester.co.uk. He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a part-time lecturer in missiology. He is the author of a number of books and series editor of The Good Book Guides (The Good Book Company). He is married with two daughters.
I'm not even done with this book yet, and it has significantly impacted my ministry knowledge. Yes, it is a book based on depressed areas in Britain, and I think England more specifically, however the information is also relevant to US major city poor areas. I was particularly delighted with the section on understanding culture, which included very valuable and practical exercises for seeing cultural distinctives that might otherwise be difficult to see for someone saturated in that culture. I also was pleased to see that Chester has done his research beyond the shores of Britain, particularly by using the research of Dr. Ruby Payne, which has also been of great help to me. Bravo. I look forward to completing the rest of the book, but even if the book bombs at the end, I have definitely gotten my money's worth already!
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