Tiffany Owens Reed unpacks how suburbs, towns and cities can impact their inhabitants. She talks about how understanding the way a city works can impact ministry, allowing churches to better serve their congregants and steward their neighborhoods. She also reveals how churches can better reflect the incarnational gospel where life happens in the daily interactions among residents.
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Part 1 of 2
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- Four dynamics that are unique to metro areas
- How understanding the design of a community can empower ministry
- How a ministry of proximity can be impactful in the city and the suburbs
ABOUT THE GUEST:
A graduate of The King’s College and former journalist, Tiffany Owens Reed is a New Yorker at heart, currently living in Texas. She curates content for Cities Decoded, an educational platform designed to help ordinary people understand cities.
Follow her on Instagram @citiesdecoded.
SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:
- Matthew 25: 34-41; Whatever You Do for the Least of These
- Ephesians 2: 8-10; Grace through Faith, No One Can Boast
00:27 – Intro: Tiffany Owens Reed, Understanding Our Cities Better
01:52 – Family in Different Cities
02:44 – Inspiration for Studying Cities
04:35 – Connecting in Urban Communities
06:00 – Sharing Life in Close Community
06:41 – 1. Interdependence in Urban Centers
07:13 – 2. Idea, Exchange and Innovation
07:51 – 3. Sin and Virtue, a Theological Component
08:23 – 4. Participating in Society
09:52 – Design and Infrastructure Impacting Urban Dwellers
11:01 – Some Unique Things about NYC
13:20 – Decoding the Systems that Govern Change
13:20 – Infrastructures Impact on an Urban Church
15:03 – Understanding Cities for Better Stewardship
15:03 – The Incarnational Gospel where Life Happens
17:08 – Growing Faith in Context – Suburban and Urban Settings Compared
21:03 – Billionaires Row along side Homelessness in NYC
24:07 – Proximity, Relationships and Charity
27:11 – Theologically: When Christians No Longer See Poverty
28:38 – Intentionality and Meaningful Ministry when the Church is Scattered
34:04 – What Does a Ministry of Proximity Look Like?
36:15 – Part 2 of Interview, Next Time
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