Tim Keller's publishing output appears daunting, with at least one thoughtful, life-shaping book rolling off the press every year since he released the bestselling The Reason for God in 2007. But his books appeal to so many in part because they emerge from a lifetime of deep biblical reflection. For years he focused almost exclusively on serving Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and learned through trial, error, and triumph how to bring the Word of God to bear in a daunting ministry context. Lately we the readers around the world have benefited from these reflections finally compiled in books such as The Prodigal God, King's Cross, and The Meaning of Marriage.
This fall, however, he releases one of his first books directly aimed at ministry leaders. In Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, Keller explains his core commitments and theological vision for ministry. You can now pre-order the book from Amazon or read about it at Westminster Bookstore. Here's some of what Redeemer City to City and Zondervan say about the book:
Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the classic doctrines of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?
In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on more than 20 years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry---based on classic doctrines but rethinking our assumptions about church for our time and place---organized around three core commitments:
Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do.
City-centered: Cities increasingly influence our global culture and affect the way we do ministry. With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic, and underserved places for gospel ministry.
Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
You can also watch the newly released trailer to learn more about the message of Center Church. Stay tuned in the coming months as The Gospel Coalition highlights many more aspects of this promising ministry tool.
Center Church Trailer from Redeemer City to City on Vimeo.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.