Against the Odds: Urban Ministry Conference & Concert
Serving in urban environments can be rewarding, but more often than not, urban ministry is associated with words akin to hopeless, impossible, burnout, difficult, etc. The complex fabric of urban ministry ranging from drugs, art, urban theology, poverty, beauty, violent youth, can be discouraging and overwhelming, to say the least. Whether you're serving in inner-city urban or broader urban settings we have designed a conference to equip, encourage, and revive you to serve in some of our nation's most challenging places.
Grammy-winning artist and ex-drug kingpin turned urban missionary Thi'sl, and author, speaker, urban church pastor Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, will be giving talks of their experiences growing up in poverty and tools they've learned in ministering in difficult places. We will also provide 3 breakouts unique to urban ministry settings in the areas of Urban Apologetics, Ministry To Refugees, and Developing A Mercy Ministry From Scratch. We will end our time together that evening celebrating in concert.
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The following sermon To the Rich was probably delivered in the year 368, when most of Asia Minor was struck by a severe drought which caused great hardship, intensified by the greed of some who held back grain to inflate prices. At this time, St. Basil was a priest in the diocese of Caesarea, overseeing a very active ministry to the poor and ill; St. Gregory the Theologian describes Basil’s hospital at the gates of Caesarea as a virtual “city” (or. 43.63).
e numbers of world poverty are staggering. 1.22 billion people in the world live on less than $1.25 a day.1 Part of the challenge is that many of us never see the poor; we do not see their faces or hear their stories. ey are invisible to us, or we picture them as living so far away that they have nothing to do with us. So it’s not surprising that when we do interact and relate with the poor, we lack discernment. We simply don’t know what to do.
Spurgeon’s activism encourages us all to love and serve others that need it most. In our preaching, ministers must be committed to preaching a true hope to the truly hopeless. Here in the States, it is common to give opium to the poor packaged in the form of prosperity teachings. Spurgeon would be appalled by this. He knew we needed more Bible-believing, Bible-preaching Christian’s serving our poor; not compromising humanitarians.
Mercy to the full range of human needs is such an essential mark of being a Christian that it can be used as a test of truth faith. Mercy is not optional or an addition to being a Christian. Rather, a life poured out in deeds of mercy is the inevitable sign of true faith.