Author Leonce Crump worries that many suburban ministries today are expending money, people, and resources on a hopeful but haphazard or "over-planned" program. With a holistic vision of how Christians can bring about spiritual and cultural urban renewal, he calls believers ... Read More
Page Count: 224
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 16, 2016
- UPC: 9781601425546
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: Feb 16, 2016
- Language: English
- BISAC: "REL012110"
- ISBN: 1601425546
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- Loving Where You Are by LaVonne on 3/3/2016
The ministry of peace is what Leonce Crump Jr. calls the journey he is writing about in Renovate: Changing Who You Are By Loving Where You Are. An urban pastor, serving in the heart of Atlanta, Crump has a unique ability to share ideas on how to best serve community. In my own faith community, we are always trying to find the newest evangelism tool that can reach the people around us for Christ. I like how Crump shares that we must understand, live in, and become part of the community we are trying to reach. Really focused on meeting their needs. It is essential. It takes personal effort and intentional commitment.
I am not a huge fan of the roundtable discussion in the center of the book. Not because the content isn’t good, but because of the way it reads and the layout of it. That style of writing is not my favorite way to read. Some might not like his sociological terms (cultural renewal, transcultural, dualism, gentrification, etc.) and approach to this book, but as a person with a major in sociology, I absolutely loved it. I also appreciated the way Crump gives us practical knowledge of how we can live and work in our diverse communities. This book is not just for those who live in urban areas. We can apply this same knowledge to any community we are living in and trying to reach for Christ.
I enjoy that Crump writes clearly, simply, practically but most importantly Christ-centered. I know there are many ways to reach people for Christ, and I have enjoyed hearing how Crump is successfully doing it in Atlanta. He shares personal stories of his ministry, and I appreciate that. I agree with Crump, that changing our communities must start with personal change and it boils down to love. Without love we are nothing (1 Cor. 13). It is why we are here on this planet. The great commission “infused with a great compassion”.
I received this book for free to facilitate this review.