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")
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).
Bibliograohy for Urban Ministry, compiled by Glenn Smith
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
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
Centre for Urban & Community Studies, University of Toronto.
Community Research Partnerships, Centre for Urban & Community Studies, University of Toronto.