God in the City; a Missional Way of Life in an Urban Context (Harmon Digital Press, 2012)
In God in the City, theory and practice alternate with each other. Gea Gort describes key theological ingredients of this emerging missionary movement, while the diverse stories of urban missionaries from various churches in the city of Rotterdam give a face to the movement. God in the City inspires, stimulates and provides hope.
What others are saying:
Does God live in the mountains, settled in a cozy log cabin by a bubbling brook? I don’t think so — and neither does Gea Gort! God in the City reminds us that God makes his home with people, in the slums, in high rise apartment complexes, and among guest workers. Gea Gort believes the whole earth is the Lord’s — and that includes big cities. God in the City will inspire and inform you to join what God is doing in the big cities of our modern world.
Director All Nations (Capetown, South Africa)
Gea offers insight and understanding on the task of incarnating good news in the concrete urban context. Her global missions background and academic reflection qualify Gea to guide the reader through a diversity of mission approaches where God’s Spirit can be seen at work among contemporary realities. This book is evidence that God has not abandoned Europe’s cities.
Schuman Centre for European Studies
Gea Gort has been seriously in love with Rotterdam, connecting and giving voice to those who climb down ladders to spend their lives with the city’s most vulnerable.
—Ray Bakke, (USA) Chancellor of Global Urban Ministry, Bakke Graduate University)
Author of The Urban Christian and A Theology as Big as the City
Dr. Gea Gort is a storyteller, visionary, and networker who understands the intricacies of cities and the church. She writes from her experiences in the city as she looks at the city through the lens of God. This theological, theoretical, and practical book challenges the church to not do mission to the city but to live missionally in and with the city.
—Dr. Mary Glenn, (California, USA
Director of Collaborative Partnerships and Education, City Net
This book celebrates incarnational and holistic approaches to cities and offers interesting dialogues with urban practitioners. It is easy to pick up and presents questions for the reader that stimulate creative thinking for the church in the city. Everyone concerned about God and the city should have a copy.
Pastor Scots International Church
P.L.A.C.E. (Partners Learning and Acting in Cities of Europe)
Whether it is in the reflections of the theologian or the rant of the street preacher, the only sure way that the church can become incarnational is to serve where the people are and the people are in the cities. Gea Gort has constructed an engagingly workable argument and guide, reinforced with missional accounts of those who are living it, that will be beneficial to anyone interested in investing his or her life where the masses gather and where God’s heart can always be found.
Senior Pastor, Vineyard Church, Reno, NV
If you’ve heard a call to move to the city to minister, or are toying with the idea of such a move, or you just want to know why all the fuss about ministering in the city, then Gea’s book is a must read. She is a living practitioner of the subject matter about which she writes.
Publisher, Harmon Press, Woodinville, WA