Category: Urban Issues

Neighbourhood mapping: Top 10 tips to exegete a culture

“Our neighbourhoods are in a continual state of change. God is sending the nations to our cities and as Christ-followers embedded in local churches we are, at times, overwhelmed in how to respond.” Dr. John Fuder will provide some guidance…

Glenn Smith: How – and why – churches should research their neighbourhoods

Glenn Smith will present How to Read Your Neighbourhood: 20 Steps for Assessing Your Missional Context next Thursday (February 5) at Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Burnaby. Following is an interview he did in Missional Voice, published by Forge Canada,…

Vancouver’s lost churches

Late last year, Full Gospel Assembly sold its building on Capitol Hill to a Sufi school. A Salvation Army-owned building on 1st Avenue in East Vancouver is now on the market, very possibly destined for commercial use. Over the Christmas holidays I decided to check out how many church…

Urban ministry: How to exegete a neighbourhood

The political complexion of Vancouver and the surrounding municipalities will change this Saturday, as we elect new mayors and city councillors. Individual Christians will vote according to their conscience and their political leanings. That is fair enough – no one…

Tools for Neighbourhood and City Transformation

If you are care about Metro Vancouver, or urban issues, or how your church should relate to the city surrounding you – come to Tenth Church next Thursday afternoon (November 6) to participate in Tools for Neighbourhood and City Transformation.…

Two ‘urban core’ churches redevelop with the times

Two churches in the urban cores of White Rock and Surrey are helping civic leaders to understand that faith-based groups contribute constructively to their communities. First United Church, on the edge of downtown White Rock, is hoping to develop several low-rise…

We now live in an urban world

Glenn Smith will be one of the plenary speakers at Missions Fest (January 24 – 26). In this article he explains his growing awareness of how important cities are to God. A century ago London was the only super-city in the world.…