"Baby, I Don't Fly": Facing the Challenges of the Cities

by Gary Krause, courtesy Adventist Review

"Today more than 500 cities have populations of more than 1 million people, and these cities are social and economic powerhouses, generating more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product.

"Now consider the Adventist populations in these cities. On average, there’s one Seventh-day Adventist congregation for every 89,000 people. Forty-five of these cities have fewer than 10 Adventists; 43 have no Adventist congregations."

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Treading Urban Ground Like Jesus

by Gary Krause, courtesy Ministry magazine

Krause says, "If you were planning to flee the city to find rural bliss, 1901 was as good a time as any." Conditions were squalid and dangerous. And that's when Adventist pioneer, Stephen Haskell moved in.

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Tweeting in New York City

by German H. Alferez, courtesy Adventist Review

A data scientist brings sentiment analysis to an archive of New York City tweets to learn which areas of the city tend to tweet more positive or negative sentiments. He identifies four neighborhoods as good potential locations for Life Hope Centers, and reveals the potential that social media data analysis holds for urban work anywhere in the world.

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Reaching India’s New Middle Class

by Rick McEdward

There are 56 cities with more than 1 million people in India. These vast cities demand our attention! The church is called to be a beacon of hope to those who have been left out of the technological and economic boom and to those who have been disillusioned by it.

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Toward a Theological Basis for Urban Ministry

by R. Clifford Jones, courtesy Ministry magazine

Jesus did not flee places bulging with people, but sought them out so He could preach the good news, teach them, and address their felt needs. Incarnating and modeling what the church should be a symbol of the kingdom and its agent in the world Christ went about ministering in peopled contexts and speaking to "urban" issues

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"It's Time!"

By Ted N.C. Wilson, courtesy Adventist Review

It’s time to diligently seek God and His plans for reaching the millions in the urban centers of the world. It’s time to spend focused attention together, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, planning soul winning strategy for the large cities of this globe.

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