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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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. 2016.

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Cities: An Adventist Challenge

by George R. Knight

"Adventism and cities may not always have mixed well. But thanks to recent initiatives, such as Mission to the Cities, that is changing."

Knight considers the church's rural beginnings and the challenge posed by Ellen White's insistence on the importance of reaching the cities. He looks at three historic stages in the development of the church's interest in cities, briefly examining missteps and looking at where we are now. 2016.

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