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"Urban Ministry . . . is a pivotal resource for those interested in understanding God's perspective on ministering within urban contexts of the 21st century." (Ken Castor, The Journal of Youth Ministry, Fall 2011)

"As a refreshingly exhaustive, provacative, relevant, and practical opus, though, Urban Ministry will serve many current and future urban church workers quite well as both a textbook and a reference book for grappling with the various complexities of and ripe opportunities for ministry in twenty-first century urban contexts." (Dien Ashley Taylor, Concordia Theological Quarterly 74 (2010))

"Conn and Ortiz in Urban Ministry set out with the goal to understand the city and God's work in it. They undertake this task with a thorough examination of the urban milieu historically, psychologically, sociologically, ethnographically, demographically, and biblically. Not being an Evangelical, I still highly recommend that every Christian who is involved or interested in urban ministry read this book." (Frank Mills, Borderlands Review, (frankamills.com), October 2008)

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Conn was emeritus professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before his death in 1999. He served as a missionary in Korea for twelve years and joined the faculty of Westminster in 1972. Conn was for ten years editor of Urban Mission. He also wrote Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace and Eternal Word and Changing Worlds.

Ortiz (D.Min., Westminster) is professor of ministry and urban mission and director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary. For fourteen years he ministered to Hispanics in Chicago, founding four churches, two elementary schools and an extension school for theological education. He has continued in community ministry by planting a multiethnic church in Philadelphia and by promoting urban and multiethnic ministry around the nation through his speaking and consulting efforts.
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  • Paperback: 527 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838707
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Hotrum on June 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is THE text book that everyone involved in urban ministry needs to read. Conn & Ortiz have worked together to create a book that covers almost every aspect of urban ministry, not only informing the reader of the challenges of urban ministry, but equipping the reader to face those challenges.

The book begins by placing the urban environment within the context of world history. The city was originally a place of worship, then it became a political center, a cultural center and a commercial center. The authors then focus on the global urban population explosion. These cities are growing for three reasons. These are first of all due to better medical care there is a stable birth rate and a declining death rate. Secondly, there is the push from the rural areas moving toward the cities for a better life. Finally there is the pull of the cities with the dream of having a better job and a better standard of living.

The authors wait until chapter thirteen to define the city as: "a relatively large, dense and socially heterogeneous center of integrative social power, capable of preserving, changing and interpreting human culture both for and against God's divine purpose." The reader is challenged to rethink a rural centric Christian ideal which has retreated from the cities for many years turning the cities into a large and growing mission field.

The authors explore the role of the city as a center of culture, power and commerce. The city has always been a place of stability. In ancient times the city had walls for protection and today cities have large buildings that give an element of stability, yet the city is also a place of constant change. In this tension the urban minister is urged to be knowledgeable and prepared for ministry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Holmberg on January 18, 2008
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Such a broad spectrum regarding the city. They bring many thoughts and ideas to the table. It is a book that needs to read a couple of times, but really helps one understand the city and the importance that should be placed on it. It would be nice to see an updated version of this book.
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By Kshaggy on July 13, 2011
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Urban Ministry does have quite a bit to say, and a lot of it able to encourage ministers and congregations, but it also mostly a success story of how things worked out in one large congregation in a certain community. As long as the reader(s) are aware that simply transferring what they did is not the same as learning and finding what works for their community, this is a great book.
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By givenuthetruth on September 10, 2014
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I've not only read this book for undergraduate studies and enjoyed the read. I have since then reread this book, and purchased it for others. Every pastor, church leader, and laity should take time to read; you'll enjoy it.
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By Glen Bowman on January 20, 2008
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It spends a lot of time discussing the city as related to Old Testament teaching, but then comes to current, practical ministry ideas in disciple making.
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It's a very book especially to use for the ministry. I strongly recommend this book to read; it is a very easy read.
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