Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel (Exponential Series) Paperback – May 7, 2011
|New from||Used from|
Wiley Summer Savings Event.
Save up to 40% during Wiley's Summer Savings Event. Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
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.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 57%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Schoolbook but my daughter read it before classes began & loved it. You might want to check it out.Published 13 months ago by Maria S.
It's easy to read but it's also an amazing story of how God is glorified, sometimes in the strangest ways. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the content! Super helpful to church planters especially those parachute-dropping into a city and starting from scratch. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by daveyblackburn
I brought this book after reading the Darrin's book about the church planter, which I liked a lot. This book helps us think in different ways of being effective as a church for the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Luis A. R. Branco
Convicting and simple the whole book is biblically centered and practically minded. It is more about thinking as though our practice ought be God fearing and honoring while seeking... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Clint Shamblin
"For the City" is a brief, lucid, and compelling challenge for pastors and church planters to build churches which are "for" the good of the city. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Bruce Riley Ashford
This is helpful in processing all that comes at you in ministry and moving forward with intentionality. Glad I live in the city!Published on December 17, 2013 by D. Holland