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Center Church

Doing balanced, gospel-centered ministry in your city

A collection of 12 essays outlining a theological vision for ministry that is organised around three core commitments

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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 under-served 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.

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  • Introduction: Center Church Theological Vision

  • Part 1: Gospel Theology
    1. The Gospel Is Not Everything
    2. The Gospel Is Not a Simple Thing
    3. The Gospel Affects Everything

  • Part 2: Gospel Renewal
    4. The Need for Gospel Renewal
    5. The Essence of Gospel Renewal
    6. The Work of Gospel Renewal

  • Part 3: Gospel Contextualization
    7. Intentional Contextualization
    8. Balanced Contextualization
    9. Biblical Contextualization
    10. Active Contextualization

  • Part 4: City Vision
    11. The Tension of the City
    12. Redemption and the City
    13. The Call to the City
    14. The Gospel for the City

  • Part 5: Cultural Engagement
    15. The Cultural Crisis of the Church
    16. The Cultural Responses of the Church
    17. Why All the Models Are Right...and Wrong
    18. Cultural Engagement through Blended Insights

  • Part 6: Missional Community
    19. The Search for the Missional Church
    20. Centering the Missional Church
    21. Equpping People for Missional Living

  • Part 7: Integrative Ministry
    22. The Balance of Ministry Fronts
    23. Connecting People to God
    24. Connecting People to One Another
    25. Connecting People to the City
    26. Connecting People to the Culture

  • Part 8: Movement Dynamics
    27. Movements and Institutions
    28. The Church as an Organized Organism
    29. Church Planting as a Movement Dynamic
    30. The City and the Gospel Ecosystem

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Contributors Timothy Keller
ISBN 9780310494188
Format Hardback
First published June 2012
Dimensions 188mm x 238mm x 50mm
Weight 0.82 kg
Print size 8.0pt
Language English
Pages 402
Publisher Zondervan
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Center Church

Jonathan Leeman, 9Marks, 12 Feb 2013

Center Church is Keller’s magnum opus. It offers a textbook summary of this amazingly gifted pastor’s philosophy of ministry. If you have been hearing or reading Keller for any length of time, you will have encountered its themes. But this book provides the most careful and comprehensive presentation of Keller’s views I have encountered.... continue reading

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