Ted Wilson: "Work the Cities without Delay"

Annual Council, 2017

Six years on from his 2011 Mission to the Cities Annual Council address, Elder Ted Wilson again challenges world church leaders to reach the "massive secular fortresses" by focusing on Christ and His righteousness, and using Christ's method, as found in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. He examines the Mission to the Cities portion of Jonah's story, and focuses on the following quote from Medical Ministry, p. 304: "There is no change in the messages that God has sent in the past. The work in the cities is the essential work for this time. When the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement such as we have not yet witnessed."

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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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"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."

Krause's 2016 article examines the challenge, and shares stories of what it means to understand the city you serve.

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I Shall Be in the City

by José Cortes, Jr.

In this 2016 article, José Cortes, Jr., Associate Director for Evangelism in the Ministerial Association of the North American Division notes that there are more than 58 cities of a million or more in this division. Read the North American Division's vision for reaching these cities.

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