In Center Church, Tim Keller outlines a broad theological vision that connects classical evangelical doctrine to holistic and vibrant ministry expression, particularly in globalised, urbanised settings.Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It is not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)–––they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ. Center Church, a collection of twelve essays by Timothy Keller, outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organised around three core commitments:– Gospel–centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do.– City–centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry.– Movement–centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
Initially I was struck by how big the book was! BUT I found this book very helpful in thinking about church, ministry, culture… it’s a well balanced book and leaves a lot of space for thought and reflection and he maps out his pattern of thought beautifully. I recommend this to everyone!
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