Urban Ministry Reconsidered

Contexts and Approaches

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R. Drew Smith, Stephanie Boddie, Ronald E. Peters
  • Louisville, KY: 
    Westminster John Knox Press
    , August
     320 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Claudia Hoffmann forthcoming.


Christian ministries often struggle to account for urbanization’s growing force, complexities, and reach—and to formulate theologically and sociologically appropriate responses. Urban Ministry Reconsidered features a collection of original essays by leading scholars and practitioners that explores current issues and challenges in urban communities.

Together these articles consider how cultural and structural frameworks have led to new conceptualizations and configurations of urban ministry. In addition, they examine the degree to which the social, spiritual, and organizational priorities of urban ministries have been reconceived in response to these shifts.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

R. Drew Smith is Professor of Urban Ministry and Chair of the Metro-Urban Institute Council at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Stephanie Boddie is the 2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for African American Urban Studies & Economy. She is also a faculty associate at Washington University's Center for Social Development and adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Ronald E. Peters served as the Henry L. Hillman Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and the first Director of the Metro-Urban Institute while at Pittsburgh Seminary for 18 years. In 2010 Dr. Peters was elected president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia where he served several years. He currently serves as Interim Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.

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