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Urbanism for the Local Church ebook Series

Urbanism for the Local Church is a new ebook series exploring the role of the local church in placemaking in cities today.


THE GOSPEL and the built environment (EPOCH CENTER, November 20, 2018)

For local churches an often overlooked dimension of the city is the built environment. What does urban form reveal about a city? What does it communicate in terms of values and culture? More than that, what role do local churches have in shaping the built environment for the betterment of the city? The Gospel and the Built Environment explores the connection between the gospel and urban form. More than that, but how healthy urban form promotes human flourishing.





Chapter Outline:

  1. Thinking About the Gospel and the City
  2. The Gospel Creates Equity in Urban Form
  3. The Gospel Promotes Human Flourishing
  4. Healthy Urban Form Impacts Cultural Flourishing
  5. Healthy Urban Form Impacts Social Flourishing
  6. Healthy Urban Form Impacts Economic Flourishing
  7. Healthy Urban Form Impacts Physical Flourishing




Urban Revitalization and Mission to the City (EPOCH CENTER, April 10, 2018)

The city is the preeminent location for missional endeavors and church planting today. Countless articles, books, training, education, resources, and blogs detail the importance of cities as the geographic locale for ministry. But what do we know about the city? Why did we previously disregard the city center for countless decades only to return en masse right now? In this short book we will together explore the history of cities, particularly the urban core. After our journey we'll then see what the missiological implications are for today for this back-to-the-city movement.




Chapter Outline:

  1. Back to the City
  2. Urban Revitalization
  3. The Story of Downtowns
  4. The Appeal of the City
  5. Missiological Implications for Urban Revitalization






Walkability has been a mainstay in cities since the founding of the very first one in antiquity. Before the advent of cars people moved around in cities on foot. Over time we added new transportation technologies such as horse drawn carriages, electric streetcars, light rail, buses, and more. In our car-oriented cities the church has a more difficult time connecting, serving, and loving their neighbors due to the reality that most congregations are comprised of regional commuters. Walkable Cities, Gospel-Centered Urbanism and Pedestrian-Oriented Church Planting is tool to assist local churches to think through not only topics like walkability and ministry on the neighborhood scale, but also ways they can be involved in placemaking through grassroots design interventions.



Chapter Outline:

  1. Walkable Cities
  2. Retrofitting the City
  3. Exploring Grassroots Design Interventions
  4. Gospel-Centered Urbanism
  5. Pedestrian-Oriented Church Planting