In the news: Where immigrant growth matters most

Today, I want to draw your attention to another research article from the Brookings institute concerning migration in the United States. Notice I said migration, not immigration. Of course, this article deals with the latter, but there is more going on that foreign-born people moving into the US. Instead, this article compares two very important…

In the News: Global Fluency

They are calling it global fluency. In a recent article from Brad McDearmon of the Brookings Institute, he discusses the city of Columbus, OH and their recent training by the Global Fluency Institute. The purpose of this training is to help cities become more "culturally competent and globally fluent, allowing them to successfully interact with…

Global Cities: The Roman Roads of the 21st Century

I recently ran across a quote I would like to share concerning the significance of global cities in the mission of the church. It is from Jared Looney, who wrote Crossroads of the Nations: While it is unlikely that this status will remain static, global cities such as New York City, London, Tokyo as well…

Two Kinds of Migration are Producing the New American City

Today I want to draw your attention to a news article of significance. It is written by Richard Florida, an urban studies theorist and author of Who's Your City?. Florida's book is an excellent read, and this little article sums up some of his points in sterling fashion. The article is titled, Two Very Different Types of Migrations…

What is more diverse than diversity?

Density and diversity. Those are the things that make a place a city, at least according to most contemporary definitions. Lots of people word it different ways; some say a city is a place, some say it is a collection of systems, and others say it is a group of people. Regardless, most definitions come…

The Church and Her Mission to the Cities

We need better ministry methods in our cities. There is a lot of talk out there nowadays about cities. Everyone, including me, is quoting that statistic about half the world's population. Fresh calls come forth regularly for a focus on our cities, and they need to. We do need to be working in cities, and…

People Group Discovery: Seeing Your Community Through Different Eyes

Have you ever found a place, a restaurant or little store, in your community that you had never seen before and wondered how it escaped you? A few years back, I spent about a year living in Washington, DC. It was during the early stages of our Peoples Next Door project, and I was trying…

In the News: The Great Divergence (of Rural and Urban)

This past week, the Economist ran a significant article on the widening gap between cities and rural areas in the United States. If you are in ministry, in either setting, then this is important stuff to know. America is in the middle of serious transition, and this will increasingly affect the way ministry is done in…

Urban Missions Summed Up in One Sentence

Of course it is an over-simplification, but sometimes those are helpful. Here it goes: Good urban ministry must be churches in the city, made up of residents of the city, proclaiming the gospel to the city, for the glory of God. The above statement sounds simple enough, but it has a lot packed into it.…