A case study from the city of Philadelphia, PA on how pastors from two distinctly different theological traditions (Church of God in Christ/Presbyterian – Reformed) and settings (urban/suburban) came together with others on behalf of God’s mission in a major US Urban Area.
We have also learned what doesn’t work when suburban and urban Christians try to cooperate. Simply importing programs and models from elsewhere rarely works, no matter how successful those programs have been elsewhere, if personal relationships of trust are not built first. Both sides have to be very cautious about unspoken and unwarranted expectations of one another. We have also seen promising partnerships undermined by ideological separatism that creates artificial boundaries in the Body of Christ, or by ignorance of the persistence of institutionalized racism in our society.