Skip to comments.Ministry in the New Global Culture of Major City-Centers
Posted on 02/27/2010 8:45:27 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
N. Pierce: Great metropolitan regions...not nation-states--are starting to emerge as the worlds most influential players. Cities are growing in the Third World at an enormous rate and are regenerating in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S. even smaller cities have seen a renaissance of their downtown cores, as professionals, immigrants, international business leaders, empty-nest baby-boomers, artists, and the young and hip move back in. The coming world order' will be a global, multi-cultural, and urban order.
So globalized city-centers are the strategic leading edge of world culture. So what are they like? Would we say that young city-center dwellers are post-moderns? That analysis is too simplistic.
The cultural reality in city-centers is that all the world-viewstraditional, modern, post-modern, and post-post-modern exist in significant strength. We should not imagine that post-modernism is a juggernaut that will take over. Global city-centers are complex salad bowls of them all. Effective ministry must recognize that and not simplistically aim to only reach post-moderns which will only be a slice of city-centers.
The traditional world-view will be especially present with first-generation immigrants who have made it professionally in the city-center and come to city-center churches.
The modern world-view will be especially present with Anglos, with middle aged people, and with those working more in business and science.
The post-modern world-view will be especially present with younger Anglos, and those in the arts (80% of which are Anglo.)
The post-post-modern world-view is seen in younger non-Anglos and in todays teenagers.
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Clueless. I wish them much success...but sadly clueless.
Keller's ministry has managed to accomplish a great deal in terms of reaching out to New York City "dwellers" in an intellectually and culturally compelling way without watering down the Gospel or abandoning core doctrinal truths.