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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. This 2013 article considers Haskell's example, examines Christ's method in Adventist history, and discusses what Christ's method is—and what it is not.

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Inner City Ministries

with Gary Krause and Mike Ryan, Sung Kwon and Andrew Clark

The Conscious Cafe, an urban center of ministry in Pittsburgh, is profiled in this 2011 report. The ministry reaches the hearts of inner-city young people who meet regularly in its "Upper Room." Its staff model what it means to follow Christ's method of mingling, showing sympathy, ministering to needs, winning confidence, and inviting people to follow Him. Its programs are so life changing that it is supported financially by non-Adventist churches in the city.

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Hope for Jakarta - Hope for Big Cities

with Mike Ryan

In 2009, the Hope for Big Cities initiative was already in motion. Mike Ryan visited Jakarta, and presented this report of how members there used small groups as a way of reaching neighbors in that massive city.

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Megalopolis

with Mike Ryan and Gary Krause

This 2008 clip emphasizes the importance of turning the attention of the world church to the challenge of reaching the great cities, as laid out in the Tell the World strategic plan for 2005 - 2010.

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Hope for Bangkok - Hope for Big Cities

with Mike Ryan

In 2006, Hope for Bangkok, a part of the Hope for Big Cities initiative was launched with a plan to plant 18 new churches in this capital city where Christians are few. In this clip, Mike Ryan discussed the challenges and opportunities with long-time missionaries in Thailand.

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The Challenge and Future of Urban Ministry: The Case of White Memorial Church

The 2005 story of how The White Memorial Church transformed itself from a thriving institutional church into an urban parish congregation may offer lessons to other inner-city churches.

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