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By Matt Bird

Book cover: Transformation

Explores fourteen ways that God is at work through His Church in the UK and around the world to bring about transformation, and poses questions to help us consider how we can join God’s mission. Read more

To Change the World

By James Davison Hunter

Book cover: To Change the World

The call to make the world a better place is inherent in Christian belief and practice. But why have efforts to change the world by Christians so often failed or gone tragically awry? Read more

The Neighboring Church

By Brian Mavis and Rick Rusaw

Book cover: Neighboring Church

This book is flows from the practical experience of a local church that is leaning into the neighborhoods that are represented in their congregation in response to the Great Commandment. Read more

The Good City

By Glenn Barth

Book cover: The Good City

This is a book that offers approaches to encourage people who want to have a positive impact and ally themselves with others who care about the same issues. Read more

The Art of Neighboring

By Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak

Book cover: The Art of Neigboring

This book draws on the success of a church campaign led by pastors in Arvada, Colorado to start at neighboring movement in their own community. Read more

Center Church

By Timothy Keller

Book cover: Center Church

Quintessential textbook for gospel communication and church engagement in urban settings from one of the most influential thinkers in the missional movement space. Read more

A Gathering Momentum

By Roger Sutton

Book cover: A Gathering Momentum

This inspirational collection of stories, of Christians in the UK bringing cultural, social and spiritual transformation to the places they love, will encourage and amaze. Read more

When Helping Hurts

By Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

Book cover: When Helping Hurts

A paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. Read more


By Kevin Palau

Book cover: Unlikely

The inspiring story of an unlikely partnership between a band of churches and the openly gay mayor of Portland, OR, that led to unprecedented change throughout the city and launched a nationwide movement called CityServe. Read more

A Theology as Big as the City

By Raymond J. Bakke

Book cover: A Theology as big as the city

How does God see the city? What does Scripture have to say about urban ministry? Here is a biblical theology that will constantly surprise and challenge as you get a glimpse of how big God’s view of the city really is. Read more

The New Localism

By Bruce J. Katz and Jeremy Nowak

Book cover: The New Localism

Urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak reveal where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges. Read more

Show Up: Step Out of Your Story and Into Someone Else’s

By David Staal

Book cover: Show Up

A collection of soul–stirring, true stories about everyday people including a lonely old Army veteran, a boy in a wheelchair, and that strange girl from fifth–grade that will inspire fresh desire in readers to notice the unnoticed people around them and to make time for life at its best, person to person. Read more

I Once Was Lost

By Don Everts and Doug Schaupp

Book cover: I once was lost

How do people come to Jesus in today’s postmodern culture? This book records the insights discovered from listening to the stories of two thousand postmodern people who have come to follow Jesus. Read more

Every Good Endeavor

By Timothy Keller

Book cover: Every good endeavor

This book shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest. Read more

Breaking the Huddle

By Don Everts and Doug Schaupp

Book cover: Breaking the Huddle

This book shows how huddled communities can become witnessing communities and then conversion communities, where evangelistic growth becomes the new normal. Read more