The population, diversity, and complexity of the world’s cities are growing. CITY. STORY. US. is based on the premise that urban influence and the need for urban ministry has never been greater. Reaching our cities begins with the stories they offer, collective and individual stories. This book challenges preconceived ideas, paralyzing fears, and residues of indifference to urban need . . . and urban blessing. Through the author’s story and the story of urban practitioners the city reveals itself as a place of personal and community transformation--—journeys that reveal there is no longer “them” and “us,” there is only “US”.
As you share the journey, you’ll find that both the practice and neglect of Kingdom principles are addressed with insight, compassion, and Scriptural authority. The author humbly communicates her own resistance to the city as good and the gospel as a whole—a message that transforms people and places. With hope, she addresses the sin entrenched in the systems and institutions of cities longing for the viable alternatives revealed in Christ. Lastly, she illustrates what it means to surrender to Christ’s just mission and risk tackling some of the toughest issues the city
About the author
Susan Spousta has filled a number of church and denominational leadership roles. Most recently she served as the Foursquare Affinity Network Coordinator helping leaders, pastors, non-profits, and churches collaborate to better address urban issues. Susan holds a Masters of Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University and currently coordinates the university’s Writers’ Community. Portland, Oregon was home for over fifteen years. She and her husband now reside in Frederick, Maryland.