#FridayReads: "Center Church" by Dr. Timothy Keller

Dr. Timothy Keller, founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, has mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City (RCTC). RCTC has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities.

Dr. Keller has written numerous books and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. As you prepare to join us at Movement Day Global Cities, we recommend your team reading Dr. Keller’s book Center Church.  Take a read of the book summary below.

Today, many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology.  How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?

In Center Church, Dr. Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City.  This book outlines a theological vision for ministry-applying classic doctrines to our time and place-organized around three core commitments:

  • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone, and strategy of all that we do.
  • City-centered: Cities increasingly influence our global culture and affect the way we do ministry. With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic, and underserved places for gospel ministry.
  • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
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