With great joy, I welcome you to the first edition of the Journal of Urban Ministry. This journal is a ministry of the Wayne and Lealice Dehoney Center for Urban Ministry Training, the newest center of the Billy Graham School at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. The Center exists to (1) do Great Commission research to facilitate healthy local church growth in the city, (2) provide training and resources to equip urban ministers to reach the city for Christ, and (3) facilitate internships and training opportunities for students preparing for urban ministry. Dr. George Martin, professor of Christian missions at Southern, serves as the director of the Center.

Wayne Dehoney was the long-time pastor of the Walnut Street Baptist Church, a downtown church in Louisville. Dr. Dehoney loved the city, and he led Walnut Street to develop multiple ministries to reach the city for Christ. His wife, Lealice, served alongside him for 63 years. The Dehoneys passed away just 23 days apart in 2008. We at the Billy Graham School and the Center are grateful to the Dehoney family for their support of this Center’s ministry.

The goal of this journal is to provide a resource for academicians and practitioners who long to reach cities as Dr. Dehoney did. Primarily, we want to assist church leaders in doing the hard work of influencing a city for Christ. It is our hope that the feature articles, book reviews, regular columns, and “From the Trenches” ministry reports will provide valuable insights and suggestions for urban ministers. Most importantly, we pray that God will use the readers of this journal to reach new disciples of Jesus in cities throughout the world.

“As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it.”
Luke 19:41 (HCSB)