Thursday, October 28, 2010

Take Him to the City

Tim Keller Argues For Churches In Cities [Lausanne] from Kenny Jahng on Vimeo.

Here are my notes from listening:

Tim Keller, speaker, Why we can and need to reach cities?

People are moving into cities much faster than the church is moving into cities.

How do we reach cities?

1.     Through planting contextual churches.
2.     Establishing city-wide gospel movements.

1.     Through planting contextual churches. Contextual = There’s a difference between America and urban America. We tend to transplant rural or suburban churches to the city and then wonder why it doesn’t work. Here are 10 things that would illustrate a contextual church in the city.
a.     Culturally sensitive. Have to be extremely culturally sensitive. Because we’re going to be uniting different cultures creating tension that must be dealt with. Any city that is to flourish in the city it must be multi-cultural. An urban church has to constant complaint about racial and cultural issues, be patient with and work through them. They will not go away if you remain multi-cultural.
b.     Have to be churches that challenge people to integrate their faith and their work. Work is more important to people in cities than elsewhere. Most churches don’t give people in their careers much guidance within their careers. Entrepreneurial Forum at Redeemer Pres in NYC. That is, church planting through people’s jobs.
c.      Urban sensibilities.  You must be comfortable with urban people being edgy, and liking change, disorder, and diversity.
d.     Evangelism. In cities, evangelism is complicated. In London, Muslims view Christians as loose morally while secular Brits view Christians as too narrow morally. Evangelism has to be a high priority in the city. It’s really the only way to grow there. It’s almost missions-like because of various cultures.
e.     Be famous for it’s care for the poor. If seeing you only growing by evangelism, they will think you’re just doing it for yourself. If see your love for the poor, they’ll see Jesus.
f.      Artists are an ethnic group in your city and church. An artist-friendly church must include them.
g.     Relationships are more important here than anywhere.
h.     Urban church training should be done in the church near their relationships.
2.     Establishing city-wide gospel movements. A city can’t be reached by a single church or even single network. It needs a city-reaching movement. That is a movement that is growing faster than the city population. What creates a movement?
a.     Inner core: 5-8 church planting movements in different denominations. Why? Because we reach different kinds of people.
b.     Outer core: If I love the city, I will want to grow the movement over my tribe. Around these churches you need “specialist ministry networks”:
                                               i.     a network of prayer
                                              ii.     evangelistic specialists that help reach youth and college age
                                            iii.     justice and mercy initiatives
                                            iv.     get Christians together in their vocational fields
                                              v.     faith work initiative ministries-helps Christians stay in the city
                                            vi.     have these leaders regularly meeting together (kingdom-minded, not turf-minded) asking the question together, “What does our city need?”