Renew Yourself... and Your City
God has commissioned us to reach the nations. No longer are they a continent away; the nations now reside in our own cities. Whether you work with the urban poor or the urban powerful; volunteer in a ghetto; work as a CEO of a business; live in "the hood"; or focus your ministry on a few people, a neighborhood, or a city to transform the social structure of society—this study will give you a renewed approach and fresh ideas to pursue your calling.
City Signals enables readers to recognize what's in their own hearts, to embrace diversity, and to see how God is working in urban areas. It challenges us to understand the importance of people, not programs, for empowering decision makers, and to apply discipleship in urban settings. City Signals is more than a study, it's your green light to growth in urban ministry.
About the Author
Brad Smith serves as president of Bakke Graduate University of Ministry (BGU). Prior to joining BGU, he served in various roles with the Leadership Network, a private operation foundation focused on church health and innovation. He is the founding pastor of Kessler Community Church, a church located in a racially diverse, urban neighborhood in Dallas. He was part of the founding team of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and was responsible for developing spiritual formation and leadership programs. Working with the Center for Non-Profit Management, he has consulted with nonprofit agencies in Dallas. His experience also includes consultations with Fortune 100 companies and national Christian ministries in the area of team building and leadership development. He holds a doctor of ministry degree from BGU and a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Debby, live in Dallas, Texas, with their three children.
Brad Smith has provided urban leaders with a resource that helps them engage their head, heart, and hands fully in the work and relationships of urban ministry.