Books on Urban Mission

The following books, published over the past century, explore many aspects of urban mission. We will try to keep this list updated, so do notify us of any that should be added.

Pre 1970

Maw, George: Christianity and the Working Classes (London: Macmillan, 1906)

Wickham, E.R: Church and People in an Industrial City (London: Lutterworth, 1957)

Heasman, Kathleen: Evangelicals in Action (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1962)

Inglis, K.S: Churches and the Working Classes in Victorian England (London: Routledge and Kegan, 1963)

Cox, Harvey: The Secular City (London: SCM Press, 1965)

Kendrick, Bruce: Come out of the Wilderness (London: Collins, 1965)

Hickey, John: Urban Catholics (London: Lutterworth, 1967)

Martin, David: A Sociology of English Religion (London: Heinemann, 1967)

Rhymes, Douglas: Prayer in the Secular City (London: Lutterworth, 1967)

Verney, Stephen: People and Cities (London: Fontana, 1969)

Ellul, Jacques: The Meaning of the City (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970)


Gay, John: The Geography of Religion in England (London: Duckworth 1971)

Benington, John: Culture, Class and Christian Beliefs (London: Scripture Union, 1973)

Mcleod, Hugh: Class & Religion in the Late Victorian City (London: Croon Helm, 1974)

Sheppard, David: Built as a City (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1974)

Stacey, Nicholas: Who Cares (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1974)

Kane, Margaret: Theology in an Industrial Society (London: SCM, 1975)

Bartles-Smith, Douglas & Gerrard David: Urban Ghetto (London: Lutterworth, 1976)

Vincent, John: Alternative Church (Belfast: Christian Journals, 1976)

Yeo, Stephen: Religion and Voluntary Organisations in Crisis (London: Croom Helm, 1976)

Sookhdeo, Patrick: Asians in Britain (London: Paternoster, 1977)

Ambler, Rex & David Haslam: Agenda for Prophets (London: Bowerdean Press, 1980)


Paget-Wilkes, Michael: Poverty, Revolution and the Church (Exeter: Paternoster, 1981)

Vincent, John: Starting All Over Again (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1981)

Bedford, Colin: Weep for the City (Tring: Lion, 1982)

Joslin, Roy: Urban Harvest (Welwyn: Evangelical Press, 1982)

Vincent, John: Into the City (London: Epworth, 1982)

Atherton, John: The Scandal of Poverty (London: Mowbray, 1983)

Dowley, Roger: Towards the Recovery of a Lost Bequest (London: ECUM, 1983)

Sheppard, David: Bias to the Poor (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1983)

Smith, Austin: Passion for the Inner City (Sheed, 1983)

Smith, Austin: Passion for the City (London: Sheed and Ward, 1983)

Clark, David: The Liberation of the Church (Birmingham: NACCAN, 1984)

Holden, Tony: People, Churches and Multi-Racial Projects (London: Methodist Church, 1984)

Cave, Dave: Jesus is Your Best Mate (Basingstoke: Marshalls, 1985)

Godfrey, Wendy: Down to Earth (London: British Council of Churches, 1985)

Lamb, Christopher: Belief in a Mixed Society (Tring: Lion Publishing 1985)

Marchant, Colin: Signs in the City (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1985)

ACUPA: Faith in the City (London: Church House Publishing, 1985)

Sainsbury, Roger: Justice on the Agenda (Basingstoke: Marshalls, 1985)

Wilson, Pip: Gutter Feelings (Basingstoke: Marshalls, 1985)

Armitage, Michael: Jesus Loves Brixton Too (Basingstoke: Marshall Pickering, 1986)

Hooker, Roger & Christopher Lamb: Love the Stranger (London: SPCK, 1986)

Kane, Margaret: What Kind of God? (London: SCM Press, 1986)

Aherne, Geoffrey: Inner City God (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)

Barnes, Trevor: The Wounded City (London: Fount Paperbacks, 1987)

Green, Laurie: Power to the Powerless (Basingstoke: Marshall Pickering, 1987)

Bakke, Ray: The Urban Christian (Eastbourne: MARC/ECUM, 1987)

Harvy, John: Bridging the Gap (Edinburgh: St.Andrews Press, 1987)

Eastman, Michael: Ten Inner City Churches (Eastbourne: MARC, 1988)

Idle, Marjorie: Joy in the City (Eastbourne: Kingsway, 1988)

Mohabir, Philip: Building Bridges (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1988)

Sheppard, David & Derek Worlock: Better Together (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1988)

Kyle, John (ed.): Urban Mission: God's Concern for the City (Downers Grove, ILL: IVP, 1988)

Bradbury, Nicholas: City of God? (London: SPCK, 1989)

Neale, Eddie: River in a Dry Land (Eastbourne: MARC, 1989)

Smith, Io: An Ebony Cross (London: Marshall & Pickering, 1989)

Leech, Kenneth: Struggle in Babylon (London: Sheldon Press, 1989)

B.C.C.: Changing the Agenda (London: BCC, 1989)

Harvey, Anthony (Ed.): Theology in the City - A Theological Response to Faith in the City (London: SPCK, 1989)

ACUPA: Living Faith in the City (London: Church House Publishing, 1990)

Green, Laurie: Let's do Theology (London: Mowbray, 1990)

Grundy, Malcolm: Light in the City (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 1990)


Gamble, Robin: The Irrelevant Church (Eastbourne: Monarch, 1991)

Orton, E.R.: Into the City (Birmingham: Birmingham City Mission, 1991)

Sookhdeo, Patrick: Sharing Good News (London: Scripture Union, 1991)

Linthicum, Bob: City of God, City of Satan – A Biblical Theology of the Urban Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991)

Leech, Kenneth: The Eye of the Storm (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1992)

Meyers, Eleanor Scott (Ed.): Envisioning the New City – A Reader in Urban Ministry (WJKP, 1992)

Robinson, Martin & Stuart, Christine: Planting Tomorrow’s Churches Today (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1992)

Greenway, Roger & Timothy Monsma: Cities: Missions’ New Frontier (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker, 1992)

Hartley, Loyde H.: Cities and Churches (USA: Scarecrow Press, 1992)

Hobson, Peter: A Voice in the City (Warwick: CPAS, 1993)

Murray, Stuart: The Challenge of the City (Tonbridge: Sovereign World, 1993)

Weller, Paul: Religions in the UK (Derby: University of Derby and the Inter-Faith Network for the UK, l993)

Ashdown, James: Gentrification (Sheffield: Urban Theology Unit, 1994)

Wilkinson, John: The Church in Black and White (St Andrews, 1994)

Bishop’s Advisory Group on Urban Priority Areas: Staying in the City (London: Church House Press, 1995)

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Urban Theology Group: God in the City (London: Mowbray, 1995)

Blakeborough, Eric (ed.): Church for the City (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1995)

Russell, Hilary: Poverty Close to Home (London: Mowbray, 1995)

Linthicum, Bob (Ed.): Signs of Hope in the City (Monrovia, CA: MARC, 1995)

Villafane, Eldin: Seek the Peace of the City (Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 1995)

Christian Socialist Movement: Restoring Faith in Politics (London: CSM, 1996)

Haslam, David: Race for the Millenium (London: Church House Publishing, 1996)

Sedgewick, Peter: God in the City (London: Mowbray, 1996)

Nicholls, Bruce & Beulan Wood (Eds.): Sharing Good News with the Poor (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1996)

Berryman, Phillip: Religion in the Megacity: Catholic and Protestant Portraits from Latin America (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1996)

Bakke, Ray: A Theology as Big as the City (Downers Grove, ILL: IVP, 1997)

Beasley, Mary: Mission on the Margins (London: Lutterworth, 1997)

Duffield, Ian: Urban Christ: Responses to John Vincent (Sheffield: Urban Theology Unit, 1997)

Carle, Robert & Louis DeCaro: Signs of Hope in the City. Ministries of Community Renewal (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1997)

The Cities – a Methodist Report (London: NCH Action for Children, 1997)

Murray, Stuart: Church Planting: Laying Foundations (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1998)

Northcott, Michael (Ed.): Urban Theology. A Reader (London: Cassell, 1998)

Leech, Kenneth: The Sky is Red (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1998)

Harper, Nile: Urban Churches: Beyond Charity Towards Justice (Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 1998)

Beckford, Robert: Jesus is Dread – Black Theology and Culture in Britain (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1998)

Green, Laurie: The Impact of the Global: An Urban Theology (Sheffield: Urban Theology Unit, 2000)

Orsi, Robert: Gods of the City (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2000)

Simmons, Michael (Ed.): Street Credo. Churches in the Community (Lemos & Crane, 2000)

Vincent, John: Hope from the City (London: Epworth, 2000)

Beckford, Robert: Dread and Pentecostal – A Political Theology for the Black Church in Britain (London: SPCK, 2000)

Ward, Graham: Cities of God (London: Routledge, 2000)

Campolo, Tony: Revolution and Renewal: How Churches are Saving our Cities (WJKP, 2000)


Leech, Kenneth: Through our Long Exile (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001)

Beckford, Robert: God of the Rahtid: Redeeming Rage (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001)

Davey, Andrew: Urban Christianity and Global Order (London: SPCK, 2001)

Gornick, Mark: To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City (Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 2002)

Green, Laurie: Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God (London: SPCK, 2003)

Stratford, Tim: Liturgy and Urban Mission (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2003)

Vincent, John (ed.): Faithfulness in the City (Hawarden: St Deiniol’s Library, 2003)

Atherton, John: Marginalization (London: SCM, 2003)

Eastman, Michael & Steve Latham (Eds.): Urban Church: A Practitioner’s Resource Book (London: SPCK, 2004)

Garner, Rod: Facing the city: urban mission in the 21st century (London: Epworth, 2004)

Beckford, Robert: God and the Gangs (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004)

Walker, Andrew (Ed.): Spirituality in the City (London: SPCK, 2005)

Francis, Leslie and Mandy Robbins: Urban hope and spiritual health: the adolescent voice (London: Epworth, 2005)

Commission on Urban Life and Faith: Faithful Cities (London: Church House/Methodist Publishing House, 2006)

Burns, Stephen: Worship in context: liturgical theology, children and the city (London: Epworth, 2006)

Stratford, Tim: Worship: Window of the Urban Church (SPCK, 2006)

Leech, Kenneth: Doing Theology in Altab Ali Park (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2006)

Kilpin, Juliet & Stuart Murray: Planting Churches in the Inner City (Cambridge: Grove, 2007)

Sudworth, Richard: Distinctly Welcoming: Christian presence in a multifaith society (Bletchley: Scripture Union, 2007)

Peters, Ronald Edward: Urban Ministry: An Introduction (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007)

Williams, Eleanor: Fresh Expressions in the Urban Context (YTC Press, 2007)

Ballard, Paul (Ed.): The Church at the Centre of the City (Peterborough: Epworth, 2008)

Torry, Malcolm (Ed.): Regeneration and Renewal: The Church in New and Changing Communities (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007)

Green, Laurie and Christopher Baker (Eds.): Building Utopia?: Seeking the Authentic Church for New Communities (London: SPCK, 2008)

Baker, Christopher: The Hybrid Church in the City (London: SCM Press, 2009)

Isaac, Les and Rosalind Davies: Street Pastors (Eastbourne: Kingsway, 2009)

Greenway, Roger and Mashau, T D, An Eye That Sees: Vision for Urban Missions (Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2010)

Shannahan, Chris: Voices From the Borderland: Re-Imagining Cross-Cultural Urban Theology in the Twenty-First Century (London: Equinox, 2010)

Davey, Andrew (Ed.): Crossover City: Resources for Urban Mission and Transformation (London: Mowbray, 2010)

Patrick, Darrin, Matt Carter and Joel Lindsey: For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)


Patrick, Darrin, Matt Carter and Joel Lindsey: For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)

Howson, Chris: A Just Church (London: Continuum, 2011)

Smith, David: Seeking a City with Foundations: Theology for an Urban World (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2011)

Beaumont, Justin and Christopher Baker (Eds.): Postsecular Cities : Space, Theory and Practice (London: Continuum, 2011)

Kilpin, Juliet: Urban to the Core (Troubadour, 2013)

Benesh, Sean: Vespas, Cafés, Singlespeed Bikes, and Urban Hipsters: Gentrification, Urban Mission, and Church Planting (Createspace, 2014)

Cronshaw, Darren (Ed.): Seeking Urban Shalom: Integral urban mission in a new urban world (ISUM, 2014)

Hill, Graham: Signs of Hope in the City: Renewing Urban Mission, Embracing Radical Hope (ISUM, 2015)

Benesh, Sean: Exegeting the City: What You Need to Know About Church Planting in the City Today (Urban Loft, 2015)

Snyder, Howard: Small Voice, Big City: The Challenge of Urban Mission (Urban Loft, 2016)

Travis, Ted: Building Cathedrals: Urban Discipleship That Works (Urban Loft, 2016)

Morris, Barry: Hopeful Realism in Urban Ministry (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2016)

Ellison, Jim: Broken to Broken: Urban Missions as a Path to Spiritual Growth (Createspace, 2016)

McConnell, Mez & Mike McKinley: Church in Hard Places (Wheaton: Crossway, 2016)