Center Church

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-04
  • Publisher: Zondervan

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Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It's 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 organized 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.

Author Biography

Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of the Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches to date.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. 11
Introduction: Center Church Theological Visionp. 13
Gospel Theology
The Gospel Is Not Everythingp. 29
The Gospel Is Not a Simple Thingp. 39
The Gospel Affects Everythingp. 46
Gospel Renewal
The Need for Gospel Renewalp. 54
The Essence of Gospel Renewalp. 63
The Work of Gospel Renewalp. 73
Gospel Contextualization
Intentional Contextualizationp. 89
Balanced Contextualizationp. 101
Biblical Contextualizationp. 108
Active Contextualizationp. 119
City Vision
The Tension of the Cityp. 135
Redemption and the Cityp. 146
The Call to the Cityp. 154
The Gospel for the Cityp. 166
Cultural Engagement
The Cultural Crisis of the Churchp. 181
The Cultural Responses of the Churchp. 194
Why All the Models Are Right… and Wrongp. 223
Cultural Engagement through Blended Insightsp. 235
Missional Community
The Search for the Missional Churchp. 251
Centering the Missional Churchp. 264
Equipping People for Missional Livingp. 277
Integrative Ministry
The Balance of Ministry Frontsp. 291
Connecting People to Godp. 297
Connecting People to One Anotherp. 311
Connecting People to the Cityp. 322
Connecting People to the Culturep. 330
Movement Dynamics
Movements and Institutionsp. 337
The Church as an Organized Organismp. 344
Church Planting as a Movement Dynamicp. 355
The City and the Gospel Ecosystemp. 368
Epilogue: Late Modernity and the Center Churchp. 381
Acknowledgmentsp. 385
Subject Indexp. 387
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