works by classis ministers
MEETING CALVIN IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
by Jared Ayers
In the summer of 2008, my wife Monica and I crammed the contents of our house on Eleventh Street in Holland, Michigan, our two-year-old son, and our dog into a Budget Rental truck and made our way 739 miles east, to downtown Philadelphia. We had agreed to be guinea pigs for a new initiative in the Reformed Church in America called the "Classis of the City": an ecclesial structure that would exist to start gospeldriven, city-positive churches in the largest metro areas in North America.
A CHURCH FOR THE CITY: PRESENT REALITIES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
by Chuck DeGroat & Rachael Butler
"How do you view the city? Terms of derision abound: Crime-ridden. Busy. Scary. Drug-infested. Liberal. Over-crowded. Hopeless. And the caricatures are as old as scripture. It was Cain, the first citybuilder, who killed Abel, the brother who tended the flocks. And there was David, the great warrior in the wilderness who became a great sinner when he moved to the city. And, of course, Jesus was born in a stable, but his via dolorosa was a busy downtown street..."