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This World Is not My Home--or Is It? Urban Ministry and the Crisis of City Housing

by Christopher C. Thompson, DMin, courtesy Ministry Magazine

The most urgent cry of many in the city is not for a home in heaven—but for a house on earth. This 2018 article looks at challenges related to urban housing, biblical commands and warnings, discriminatory policies, and potential solutions that believers may offer.

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Understanding and Compassion: A Recipe for Urban Mission

by Gary Krause

Krause's 2018 article argues that "Any authentic new Christian mission in a city cannot be conceived at a distance, planned in some remote denominational board-room, or voted by some isolated church committee." He encourages us to "take time in our cities to look, listen and learn," and he urges that "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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Jonah: A Preacher God Wanted to Save--a City God Wanted to Reach

by Ranko Stefanovic, PhD, courtesy Ministry Magazine

The Bible book of Jonah portrays God's desire to reach the city of Nineveh, Jonah's decision to decline the call, and God's actions to save both the city and his prophet. This 2018 article challenges the church today to consider how our response to the cities around us compares to that of Jonah, of ancient Israel, and of the early church.

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Tentmakers: Outside the Box

by Homer Trecartin, courtesy Adventist Review

"Some years ago an Adventist couple in Atlanta, Georgia, felt a growing burden to work for the thousands of people who lived in a low-income housing project. . . .

"The family quit their well-paying jobs, took lower-paying positions, sold their middle-class house, and moved into the projects. They began visiting their neighbors, organizing community cookouts, arranging games and activities for neighborhood kids. They were tentmakers."

Through several inspiring stories, Trecartin offers a less-common approach to reaching some of the world's least-reached cities. 2017.

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Mission to the Cities in Southern Asia-Pacific Division

South-Pacific Division President, Glenn Townend, discusses the importance of reaching SPD cities, and suggests approaches for the work in this 2017 address.


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Methods of Metropolitan Ministry

by Jared Thurmon

Three 2016 interviews with Adventist pastors in urban settings consider what is being done, what is working, and what advice they would share. Pastors interviewed include:

  • Jessie A. Lopez, Associate Pastor for the Atlanta North Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Marquis Johns, Senior Pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Myron Edmonds, Senior Pastor of the Glensville Seventhday Adventist Church in Cleveland, Ohio
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