Every now and then a ministry book comes a long that is a game changer. I think Timothy Keller’s Center Church is one such book.
While most ministry books have one good idea that is padded out with anecdotes over 150 pages, Center Church is concise and yet not overly academic, well paced: gold on every page. I am interested in this book because I am engaged in church planting. Eighteen months ago I planted a congregation, but later this year I plan to plant a new church in the inner-city of Melbourne. Center Church attracted me because it is a packaging of Keller’s ministry ideas developed in the Redeemer Presbyterian church planting organisation called City to City. Therefore, it’s not simply someone’s latest idea on church planting, but a codification of 25 years of idea development and testing. I identify with Keller’s context in New York as there are similarities with mine in inner-Melbourne. Both contexts are deeply secular, academic, wealthy, artistic, cynical towards the Church and multi-cultural. What I will seek to do in my blog posts is summarise chapters, and then comment and apply Keller’s thoughts to my own setting. Please feel free to add your own comments.