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Matt Carter is the senior pastor of Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, one of the fastest growing churches in America.  Matt currently lives in Austin with his wife, Jennifer, and his three children, John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.

Darrin Patrick is the lead pastor of The Journey and the vice president of Acts 29, a global church-planting network. He also serves as the chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. Patrick is the author of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood and Church Planter and co-author of Replant and For the City. He and his family live in St. Louis, Missouri.



Joel A. Lindsey is the pastor of theology and care and a teaching elder at the Journey Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he and his wife Melissa are raising their three sons, Eli, Beckett, and Schaeffer.

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Product Details

  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Gibbs on May 12, 2011
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A healthy church is not just a preaching church or a hub for social justice; a God-honouring gospel-loving church is one where the Word of God is the primary motivator for doing the work of God, according to Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter in this book. The book tells the stories of Matt's The Austin Stone church in Texas, and Darrin's The Journey church in St Louis, Missouri.

Matt's first experience of Austin involved a drive-by shooting and a street brawl, but his friend Chris Tomlin talked him into starting a church there. It was to be a church for the city, in the urban centre of Austin. Attenders are organized into missional communities rather than traditional small groups. The For The City Network helps to co-ordinate the good work already being done by non-profit organizations and deploys people from the church to help the activities of those organizations.

Darrin's desire to plant a church grew out of the frustration of not being able to find a church that would connect with his athletic friends or his girlfriend's artistic friends. He arrived in St Louis in 2001 to plant The Journey, welcomed by gunshots and his car being stolen. The church has three main ministries for serving the city: a community development ministry called Mission: St Louis, a ministry aimed at repairing the church's relationship with artists called The Luminary Center, and a Christian counselling ministry called Karis House.

Both authors are gifted writers, and I found the relatively short book highly engaging throughout. The authors' failures are mentioned alongside their successes, helping the reader to believe that planting a gospel-centred mission-focused church for the city really is possible, and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. I highly recommend the book to all church leaders.
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Darrin Patrick (Pastor of The Journey in St. Louis, MO) and Matt Carter (Pastor of Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas) both tell the stories of their calling to plant churches - specifically in the city. The two pastors' inspire existing churches to think through how we proclaim and live out the gospel, and extend a call to the masses to influence our cities with and for the gospel.

I love Carter's description of his "church model" taken largely from His reflections on reading about Charles Spurgeon's amazingly effective ministry in London, England in the mid-1800's:

"Imagine an urban church so influenced by the power of the gospel that it seized every opportunity to proclaim and live out the gospel for the good of the city. Imagine that this church physically and spiritually served the poorest of the poor, but also lovingly rebuked the wealthy. Imagine this church as the epicenter of straight-up, God-fearing, Spirit-filled, revival, leading thousands of people to eternal life in Christ in just a few years. Imagine a church that built elderly housing, housed all the orphans in the city, and taught wealthy business people to have a `double bottom line' so they could run a profitable business in order to support the work of the church and meet the needs of the city. In other words, imagine a church that boldly preached the gospel and lived out the values of the kingdom. Don't you want to be a part of a church like that?"

My answer is "yes" I do! Along the way the authors show what a gospel centered ministry looks like from their perspectives of planting and pastoring in Mid America and in the South.
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For the City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter is a book for pastors, church planters and Christ-followers who want to make a difference in their respective cities. The heartbeat of the authors is to instill a passion for proclaiming the gospel faithfully and living the gospel in authentic, transparent, gospel-centered communities.

There is much to commend here but I especially appreciate the fiercely anti-pragmatic approach which is grounded in gospel-centered ministry. The authors present four approaches to the city. The first three are popular but do not reflect the burden of the New Testament.

Church IN the City

This first approach reflect churches that are merely in the city, geographically. While they strive to get people to church to hear the gospel, there is very little interaction with the city itself. This approach may be well-intentioned but doesn't go far enough.

Church AGAINST the City

This approach opposes the city and carries an "us vs. them" mentality. Examples abound here. Frankly, these churches are an embarrassment to the evangelical world.

Church OF the City

Here is the opposite extreme. Instead of blatantly opposing the city, the approach caters to the whims of the city and leans heavily on a postmodern ethos and as a result, loses its saltiness and gospel influence. Some emergent churches live here. Horrible!

Church FOR the City

The authors hold the final option as the only option for the New Testament church: In this approach, "the church speaks the truth of the gospel and is not afraid to uphold a biblical worldview and moral standard. Such a church proclaims the truths of Scripture with passion, clarity, and boldness.
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