Jon Tyson on the Re-urbanization of the Church

Kent Shaffer —  April 10, 2008

This week at the 2008 Q Conference, Jon Tyson of Origins Church (New York, NY) discussed the necessity of the re-urbanization of the church. Here is a mix of direct notes and paraphrased notes from several bloggers at the conference.

The Re-urbanization of the Church

The early church did it. In Acts, 120 people changed culture for the Kingdom of God. And because of them, 32 million of the 60 million people in Roman Empire were reached three hundred years later.

But why aren’t we seeing any change today?

We have people coming to Christ (individual renewal), but we are not seeing cultural renewal.

There is a lack of clarity on how culture works. Many people pull out of culture, but culture itself is neither bad nor good. You have to tackle the systems that run the world, otherwise you create a dualism. How systems are used determines whether they are good or evil.

We must address how the world is structured – the city, and systems. We need to deconstruct the bad systems and replace them with good systems. We need to return to the city, where culture is shaped. Paul performed cultural acupuncture by impacting cities. We need to train and release people into our cities’ channels of culture.

Just being kind and loving doesn’t cut it. We don’t just reach people out of an evil system. We need to change the system.


Kent Shaffer

Posts Twitter Facebook

I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

4 responses to Jon Tyson on the Re-urbanization of the Church

  1. Maybe I’ve completely misread you via your blog, but you strike me as a guy who wouldn’t like Dr. Dobson and that sort of conservative culture-changing through government, yet this post sounds like that is exactly what is being advocated. Am I close?

  2. I like Dr. Dobson quite a bit. He has good things to say. I own some of his books. And I greatly admire his moral convictions.

    If I had to choose a label for myself, I would call myself conservative. But I am a fan of both “conservatives” and “liberals.”

    I think it is important for Christian leaders to study both sides. This blog is focused on how to have more effective and relevant ministries. And that is goal all Christians leaders should have regardless of what stereotype they are labeled.

  3. Thanks Kent, sorry you coudn’t be with us but it’s in Austin Texas next year so get it in the diary!

  4. @Duncan

    Thanks for taking such great notes. I was disappointed I could not be there this year, but your notes are the next best thing.