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The 2013 Book Awards from Christianity Today were recently announced. Timothy Keller’s Center Church won the award in the Church / Pastoral Leadership category. This book has been a major project for my publishing team here at Zondervan for a few years now. It’s also been a major joy to work on. The author and his group at Redeemer City to City are a wonderful group of people and they deserve a hearty “Congratulations!” for their work on this project. If you’re in ministry and you’ve not taken a look at it yet all I can say is that you’re missing out.
Congratulations to Tim Keller and the Redeemer team! Congrats to my colleagues here at Zondervan!
Pastor Timothy Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian, NYC) recently gave a series of lectures on his book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, to a group of pastors in New York City. The lectures were filmed are available on the Vimeo channel for Redeemer City to City.
Here is the first of the videos. It’s over a half an hour long. But, if you’re interested in creating a theological vision for your ministry that will focus on orthodox Christian theology, as well as a contextualization of that theology into your unique setting, this video is well-worth the half-hour investment.
I’m giving away two copies of Center Church today. For your chance to win a free copy, leave a comment below that gives us some idea of the unique context in which you minister. What makes your town, village, city, or location unique? What challenges and opportunities does your local culture present to you?
Winners will be selected randomly on Friday morning and emailed.
Today’s event begins at 3pm EDT.
Tweet questions for Tim Keller with hash tags #TGCNE12 and/or #CenterChurch
Timothy Keller will be speaking on Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City this Friday at The Gospel Coalition’s regional conference in New England (TGCNE).
The event will include a discussion between Tim Keller, Richard Lints, and David Wells on contextualization and theological vision. If you’d like to ask Dr. Keller a question during the Q&A portion of the webcast tweet your questions with the hash tags #TGCNE12 and/or #CenterChurch.
You can watch the webcast at www.TheGospelCoalition.org/CenterChurch
32, 21,15, 9.
No, these are not some newly discovered set of numbers from the hit TV show LOST. They represent one of the fastest growing religious groups in America: Nones, people who self-report as having no religious affiliation.
Last week Tuesday the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported that Nones are on the rise, now encompassing 19% of adults, up from 16% in 2007. Read that again: Now nearly 1 in 5 adults have no religious affiliation.
The numbers at the top represent percentages by age who are None: 9% of the Silent Generation, those over 65; 15% of Boomers, 50-64; 21% of GenXers, 30-49 are None; and fully 1 in 3 (32%) Millennials, 18-29, have no religious affiliation at all.
Read those numbers again, especially that last one. 1 in 3 young adults are None when it comes to religious affiliation. If that number or the others weren’t enough here’s the kicker: 88% of Nones aren’t even looking to be part of any religious group, including your church.
What do you make of these numbers? What’s your reaction? Your response?
I know I have been deeply burdened this past week by those last two numbers, the 32% and the 88%. Especially the 88%. That number means Nones aren’t even seeking. Which means there is very little the church can do to reach those non-seeking Nones. Or is there?
In light of these numbers I believe one of the new go-to books for church leaders will be Tim Keller’s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. This book is Keller’s ministry brain squeezed out into a nice ministry manual for people like you and me who want to better engage our culture with the gospel in hopes of reaching the Nones for Christ. One of his best sections that might offer some help is chapter 16, “The Cultural Responses of the Church.”
In Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, Timothy Keller outlines a broad theological vision that connects classical evangelical doctrine to holistic and vibrant ministry expression, particularly in globalized, urbanized settings. Read a sample and learn more at www.CenterChurch.com
The Center Church Blog Tour is here! Today marks the first day that bloggers across the blogosphere will be posting their reviews of Timothy Keller’s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week as more blog reviews surface.
The Center Church Blog Tour
Rusty Modem Blog – This is perhaps the first review of this book to ever go online. Thanks, Rusty!
The High Calling blog - Here’s a great quote from this post: “Center Church is an excellent resource—too extensive to cover in this post. Pastors and lay people alike will find much to consider between these pages. In fact, here at The High Calling we consider it too valuable a resource to allow it to collect dust on our shelf.” They are giving away a copy of the book too!
The Jesus Creed blog (Scot McKnight) – Scot posted once on the measure of a church and just today posted again, specifically about contextualization.
Fundamentally Reformed blog (Bob Hayton) – “I recommend that pastors and church leaders everywhere pick up a copy of this important book from Tim Keller. … If we recognize that some sort of “theological vision” exists and undergirds what we do, then focusing on what that vision is and how it is developed will have lasting impact in how we do church in the twenty-first century.”
Can’t Catch My Breath blog (Dave Kludt) – “Keller is a gospel fanatic (in a good way).”
The Aquila Report – “In many ways, this is Keller’s most important work.”
Get free resources and learn more at www.CenterChurch.com
This blog tour is now closed. Sorry if you missed out! Please check back for more opportunities to get a free copy of Center Church in the future.