Understanding and Compassion: A Recipe for Urban Mission

by Gary Krause

The compassion of Jesus must be at the heart of meaningful urban mission. . . . The cities should be seen not as mission projects but as places full of people we should view with compassion, as Jesus did.

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The Urban Top 10

Did you know that 7 of the world's largest urban metropolitan areas are in the 10/40 Window? That area, stretching from northern Africa into the Middle East and Asia, is home to 6.5 out of 10 people on the planet, but only 1.5 out of 10 Adventists are in that same window. We have work to do!

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I Want This City

"I Want This City" is a 13-part television series filmed in Bangkok. The series reveals the vastness of the work remaining to be done in major cities, and the painful correlation between mission giving and resources for serving least-reached communities.

"I Want This City" is fun, unconventional, and moving. Show it to your church and inspire them to get involved in reaching cities for Christ. Read more here, or click below to watch.

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The "It's Time" Document

The "It's Time" document is foundational to the Mission to the Cities initiative. It was developed at the 2013 It's Time: Urban Mission Conference, where church leaders adopted the vision and goals which were later outlined in the document. It explains the importance of quickly reaching cities, and describes how to get involved.

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By Any Means Necessary: An Urban Ministry Interview with Pastor E. Douglas Venn

by Jeffrey O. Brown

Are we reaching the cities? How do we know? Should we be focusing on cities or rural areas? Is it too dangerous for workers to live in cities? These questions and more are taken up in this interview with E. Douglas Venn, director of Global Mission's Urban Center at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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I Can't Breathe: Can the Church Help Our Cities Breathe Again? It Must!

by Robert Davis, DMin, pastor at Denver Park Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, courtesy Ministry Magazine

The desperate plea of Eric Garner, while dying in a chokehold in 2014, mirrors the anguish of the Hebrews, as described in Exodus 6:9. How can a person desperate for air, or sinking under life's burdens, focus attention on the deep questions of life? What can Adventists do to help relieve the pressures that keep urban residents from being able to hear?

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