On August 1, Redeemer City to City hosted an all-day Gospel in the City training event for 23 pastors and church planters. They gathered for an intense day of discussion of the content in the 200-page DNA Handbook by Dr. Timothy Keller. (To be published by Zondervan later this year as Center Church.) While participants hailed from cities as diverse as Mumbai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tasmania, the cultural chemistry of the men in training showed the truth of the adage, “all theology is practical theology.”
Gospel in the City is intended to draw urban leaders into a commitment to gospel renewal in their city and ignite passion for reaching global cities with the gospel. The event is an intensive learning experience that exposes urban leaders to the Gospel DNA.
Of this training the Rev. John Lin said, “I feel a bit overwhelmed and flattered to be a part of a project like this and hope that by God’s grace, I’ll be up for the task. It really is a great privilege to be working on such a momentous and significant project.”
Pastor Richard Wilson, from Melbourne, commented “I hope we can bring some more Australians along next time to get the Redeemer DNA more established here in Australia, as I believe it has much to offer. There are so many similarities in the way our societies think about life and the place of Christianity within it.”
The Rev. Bart Garrett from Berkeley, CA added, “I really enjoyed going through the training. I found it very refreshing and reinvigorating to work through these concepts again and to spend time discussing them with other ministers. I am inspired by the Gospel-centered works going on in cities all over Asia.”
City to City Asia, a new sister organization of Redeemer City to City, will facilitate Gospel in the City 2-day events in global cities across Asia and Australia in October, November, January and February. Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sydney, Tokyo, Manila, Mumbai, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur are some of the cities scheduled to host Gospel in the City in the coming months.
Singapore is the first city to host an event, scheduled for October 14-15. This event hits close to home owing to an invitation that has been sent to church leaders in Phnom Penh, my birthplace. There is a great spiritual vacuum here in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime that left the city and her people in ruins for decades. Please be in continued prayer for our Gospel in the City trainers and the people in their assigned cities. For my part, it was indeed a blessing to have the opportunity to coordinate the training event for Rev. Jay Kyle and Dr. Stephen Um.
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