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Living in the Neighborhood seeks to empower incarnational ministers among the urban poor by helping to equip them to remain long-term among the urban poor. Those called to urban poor ministry must learn to live in sustainable ways that can be maintained for a lifetime. Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles is examined showing how incarnational ministry is the combination of the theologies of location and engagement. How incarnational ministers actually go about living meaningfully in an urban poor community is explored. The reader is guided through the discernment process of choosing an approach to living among the urban poor. In order to discern an approach one should have an awareness of self, their specific ministry role, and their community. Incarnational ministers can engage a community in practical ways through love. Stories from Asia and the United States, tell how incarnational ministers are engaging their communities for transformation through intercession, welcoming teenage moms into their home, negotiating a truce between fighting gang members, and other practical acts of love. Parenting issues related to raising children among the urban poor is addressed. The major parenting concerns of education and safety are examined as well as some of the traumatic experiences related to incarnational ministers. Some of the ways incarnational ministers can actually harm their community is also reflected upon. Some of the keys to sustainability are examined such as calling and the spiritual disciplines of Sabbaths, retreats, and daily devotions are reflected upon. Living in the Neighborhood is a useful resource for anyone preparing for incarnational ministry among the urban poor, as well as for those currently involved in incarnational ministry.

Living in the Neighborhood: Developing a Sustainable Incarnational Ministry Among the Urban Poor by T. Aaron Smith

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T. Aaron Smith
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Living in the Neighborhood: Developing a Sustainable Incarnational Ministry Among the Urban Poor

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