What Makes a City Missionary?
Does God seem to be calling you or someone you know into ministry in the city? Consider these crucial traits as part of evaluating God’s call:
Ability and desire to share the gospel with others and apply it to all circumstances.
Experience and ability in role-specific ministry work (church planter, local pastor, ministry leader).
Appreciation of secular and non-Christian world views and an ability to engage with them around the gospel.
Sincere desire to learn about and fall in love with the people of a given city.
Sensitivity to differences and tensions associated with race and a willingness to pursue the heavenly, all-nations vision.
A biblically informed heart for the poor and marginalized, and insight in how to minister to them.
Ability to connect the gospel to multiple facets of urban life: art, politics, education, science, etc.
Ability to handle the aggravation, isolation and challenge of urban life.
Willingness to find alternate salary sources, including support-raising, so as to overcome the high costs and often slow impact of city ministry.
Ability to help family navigate the complex environment of the city while keeping faith intact.