Facing the City Facing the City
Urban Mission In the 21st Century

Rod Garner
ISBN 0716205807
SCM-Canterbury Press, 2004
£14.99

Category: Evangelism & Mission

Anyone involved in - or concerned about - urban ministry and mission would do well to read this book. Essentially it's a follow-on, twenty years down the line, to the Church of England's Faith in the City report. It divides neatly into three sections, effectively past, present and future.

Those familiar with Faith in the City can probably skip the first part without missing too much, though it's an excellent historical overview and assessment, reaffirming the report's relevance. The significant content - from this reader's point of view - comes in the second and final sections where the author's personal experience of working in a city setting illuminates all his observations.

Annoyingly, endnotes are provided rather than footnotes, forcing anyone who wants the full story to constantly flick back and forth. But this is a minor quibble: the city is growing - and God's grace is as much at work in the grit and grime as ever. Can you face it?

SCM-Canterbury Press

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Phil Groom, August 2004

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