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Overview It's a world in motion. The explosion of growth to urban centers and all the complexities it brings is not to be seen as a problem for churches, but as a gift? an opportunity to work with God within the city to see His purposes worked out. Street Signs is a guide for church missions leaders and community ministry leaders seeking to bring spiritual and practical transformation to the city.
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Studio: New Hope Publishers - Impact
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 20, 2006
Publisher NEW HOPE PUBLISHING #351
ISBN 1596690046 ISBN13 9781596690042
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More About Ray Bakke & Jon Sharpe
Ray Bakke is world renowned as a minister and educator devoted to helping the church love the cities as God loves them. Bakke is author of "Street Signs": "A New Direction in Urban Ministry "and two urban ministry classics: "The Urban Christian "and "A Theology as Big as the City," He is also author of "The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches "and "A Biblical Word for an Urban World," Bakke has worked with a network of more than 100 urban-based church and missions leaders in many of the largest cities of the world. Currently Bakke is the chancellor for global urban ministry at Bakke Graduate University of Ministry.
Brad Smith serves as president of Bakke Graduate University (BGU) of Ministry. Prior to joining BGU, he served as president/CEOwith the Leadership Network, an organization focused on church health and innovation. He is the founding pastor of Kessler Community Church, located in a racially diverse, urban neighborhood in Dallas. He was a founder for the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and was responsible for developing spiritual formation and leadership programs. He and his wife, Debby, have three children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Street Signs: A New Direction in Urban Ministry?
A needed focus for the church Nov 26, 2006
For me, this book was a renewed call to minister in the city. I pastor an urban church that has talked about moving to the suburbs. That might be easier, but there are already plenty of churches there, and the mission field is in the urban area. So now I have to figure out how to minister in the complex urban context. This book is a great place to start. Read this book so you can find out how to get involved in your city, looking for signs of hope and opportunities to serve.
A Fresh Perspective for Urban Ministry Aug 29, 2006
This book has challenged my assumptions and the way I look at urban centers. As one who great up in a rural setting and now find myself in a world-class city, Street Signs has provided traction for me to shift the way I view the city. Even now as I drive around the city I am learning to look at it differently with a new framework.
I enjoyed reading both authors' progression from small town life to city dwelling. I appreciate their love for the city and desire to see it impacted and changed. They presented a Gospel that was more holistic than found in many of our evangelical circles. This Gospel not only is for people's salvation (spiritual), but it empowers the church to social action that cares for people's physical, social, and emotional needs as well. I am recommending this book to all of the church planters I work with here.
Letting Go Jul 28, 2006
It is refreshing to see men who have focused on giving up their leadership rather than owning it! So many organizations drive themselves into the ground due to the founder "taking ownership" of the work that started out being one that was born of the Spirit of God. This is must reading for anyone who intends to claim to "doing the Masters business". In a nut shell, Serving the Master is total ownership by the Master. Curtis Sharpe