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Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center by [Castellanos, Noel]

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"[Through our] relationship with Noel, we have grown tremendously in our understanding of others living in the margins of our society. Noel helped us to move from a black/white association toward a more full expression of the American experience of Asian, Native American, Latinos and being more inclusive towards the great diversity we have in America. His voice has been a tremendous asset to CCDA, the body of Christ and God's kingdom. . . . We are sure that you will learn much and be encouraged to live out your faith in new and different ways by reading this book." (From the Foreword by John Perkins and Wayne Gordon)

"Part memoir. Part Bible study (in the best sense). Part training guide in community development. Part invitation to revolution. Noel Castellanos is one of the most influential leaders in the country guiding one of the most beautiful movements in the world, CCDA. I am honored to call him a friend and teacher . . . and many of us have been waiting for this book a long time." (Shane Claiborne, author and activist)

"Where the Cross Meets the Street is a truly inspiring testimony to all that God can do in our lives, our barrios and our country. Noel Castellanos has provided us with a rich resource for ministry―particularly for those of us who motivate and guide young leaders, who seek to encourage and empower impoverished communities and who hope for a church that is faithful to the incarnate Lord by practicing misión integral (holistic mission). It's also a wonderfully fun and easy read. I couldn't put it down." (Alexia Salvatierra, pastor, consultant, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing)

"Noel Castellanos not only preaches and teaches on a holistic ministry of evangelism and community development, he embodies it. Noel's story, told through this timely and significant book, will encourage and challenge Christians everywhere to engage in the ministry of the hope of the cross lived out in the street. Through his life story, his ministry, his leadership of CCDA and now through this text, Noel Castellanos offers the possibility of a vibrant Christian faith not contained by the walls of a church building." (Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism)

"Noel is a leader of the times and a champion of the practitioner. This book takes twenty-five plus years of experience and gives us lessons and testimony to how CCDA brings the cross alive and makes it relevant today." (Leroy Barber, global executive director, Word Made Flesh)

"The book reads like a modern day gospel story―it is very personal, intimate, engaging, challenging and through real stories of life presents the affirming and transformative power of Christian witness. It reads like a good novel, but it is profound theology at its best!" (Virgilio Elizondo, professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology, University of Notre Dame)

"If you're tired of a disengaged Christianity, Where the Cross Meets the Street is the book for you. More than a book, it's an invitation to a journey of transformation and maturity. Noel, in sharing his own journey with us, calls us to a gritty and incarnational faith that forces us to see Christ in unexpected places. I found myself saying, 'Amen!' out loud. Every generation of Christians needs genuine street prophets―in Noel we have one." (Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition)

"Where the Cross Meets the Street is a critical tool in the development of ministries as well as in educating our next generation of Christian leaders. It will forever challenge us to be incarnation in the streets of this country, as well as those streets in which we may be called to serve abroad." (Ana Lopez van Balen, Advance, Fall 2015)

"As someone who has ministered among the urban poor for the last fifteen years, this is the book I wish I had in my hands when I started. Noel Castellanos is an elite urban theologian, practitioner and dear friend to those on the margins. I have learned so much from Noel these past ten years and am thrilled he has accomplished the mighty task of putting his insight and experience into writing. My prayer is that this book will become incarnate in you as you incarnate the grace, truth and future of Jesus to those you serve." (John Teter, church planting team leader, Evangelical Covenant Church)

"Where the Cross Meets the Street deserves a wide readership for a number of reasons. . . . Castellanos' invitation to engage wholeheartedly in incarnational ministry, his holistic ministry model, and his personal example should stir and equip all who read this book. In the end, this book validates Elizondo's claim that 'it is consistently in the frontier regions of human belonging that God begins the new creation. Established centers seek stability; frontier regions can risk to be pioneers.'" (Tim Baldwin, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, January 2016)

About the Author

Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982, serving in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago. He is chief executive officer of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and was the founding pastor of Chicago’s La Villita Community Church. In addition to being a popular speaker, Castellanos mentors young leaders across the United States and directs the CCDA Institute, training emerging leaders in the Christian Community Development philosophy. He was appointed to serve on President Obama's Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships and has served as the chaplain for the Chicago Cubs. He has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of leaders committed to serving the poor. Noel is the coauthor of A Heart for the Community and New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry and has contributed to various other books and publications including Deep Justice in a Broken World, A Heart for the City, and Crazy Enough to Care. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children and make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago.

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  • File Size: 2536 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (February 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T4IB3RS
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