Urban Ministry Workshop

URBAN MINISTRY WORKSHOP

This Urban Ministry workshop is an electronic space designed to provide resources for those called to minister within an urban context, referred to in Canada as a Census Metropolitan Area. This site is not exhaustive. The resources are limited to a few key materials and for those foundational sources there is some guidance as to how you might use them. Most of the material here refers to U.S. cities simply because of availability. We have also tried to assemble the material on the Canadian city. While there is relevance to other global contexts, but we do recognize that this site primarily resources western cities.

Most links connect you to scanned, published books and articles made available by Google Books (often 75% of content). Importantly, Google Books allows you to search within a volume and also across volumes (rather than across the entire WWW). The Google Book Project also makes hard to find and expensive monographs readily accessible to researchers. This Reading Room collects those relevant materials on one page.

NB: For screen snapshots, bibliographic management and notetaking while reading this page, Zotero is highly recommended ("a free, easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources")

Core Materials

Bakke, Ray. A Theology as big as the City

Conn, Harvie and Manuel Ortiz. Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City & the People of God

Linthicum, Robert. City of God, City of Satan: A Biblical Theology of the Urban Church

Smith, Glenn. Towards The Transformation Of Our City-Regions (Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 37).

Bibliograhpy for Urban Ministry, compiled by Glenn Smith

Urban Theology

Meyers, Eleanor Scott (ed). Envisioning the New City: A Reader on Urban Ministry

Villafañe, Eldin. Seek the Peace of the City: Reflections on Urban Ministry

Resources on the Canadian City

Heisz, Andrew. Canada’s Global Cities: Socio-economic Conditions in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Statistics Canada

Heisz, Andrew.Ten Things to Know about Canadian Metropolitan Areas: A synthesis of Statistics Canada’s Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas Series. Statistics Canada

Jacobsen, Eric O."New Urbanism and the Church: An overdue partnership" in Stained Glass Urbanism: The untold story of the Church and city renewal, Work Research Foundation, Hamilton

Sheridan, Tim."The Missional Church and Sustainable Cities" in Stained Glass Urbanism: The untold story of the Church and city renewal, Work Research Foundation, Hamilton

Van Pelt, Michael and Richard Greydanus.Living on the Streets: The role of the Church in urban renewal. Work Research Foundation, Hamilton

Van Pelt, Michael and Robert Joustra, with Gayle Doornbos. Toronto the Good. An Investigative Report by the Work Research Foundation

Community Development

Smith, Glenn. Community Development in Canada. What Overarching System? What Type of Sustainability?

Toronto Community Bases Research Network

Centre for Urban & Community Studies, University of Toronto.

Community Research Partnerships, Centre for Urban & Community Studies, University of Toronto.

CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre

Centre for Community Based Research.

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute.