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Jim Brown has been married to Lisa since 1980. They have three married children--Jason (Melody), Jared (Katie) and Jennifer (Dan).

In 1991, Jim led the church planting team that established Crossroads Community Church in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. With support from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, MetroGrace was established in 1999; Jim has served as its director since inception. And in 2004, Jim began his pastoral ministry at Crossroads Community Church in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Jim holds a B.S. in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University, an MDiv. from Grace Theological Seminary and a DMin. from Westminster Theological Seminary.   



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The Bible, The People & The Mission
October 2, 2014

Wisdom is the ability to employ biblical knowledge. It results in skillful living that blesses practitioners and honors God. [READ MORE]



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East Torresdale
August 20, 2014


Could the Lord use you to help plant a new church in East Torresdale? [READ MORE]


04
Bridesburg
August 4, 2014

Bridesburg is like a small town in a big city. About 10,000 neighbors live in the tight-knit community, building on a diverse cultural heritage that spans centuries. The neat row houses have raised generations of families and stand ready for new waves of growth. It’s the kind of place where the Memorial Day Parade is the biggest event of the year and residents are proud to name a street after one of their own.    [READ MORE]


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Fairmount
July 15, 2014

Stroll the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, join “The Thinker” at the Rodin, check out the newest exhibit at the Barnes, or visit the Franklin Institute. Make your home in the neighborhood of Fairmount and enjoy Philadelphia culture at its best!

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Port Richmond
July 3, 2014

Port Richmond is a growing urban neighborhood along the Delaware River, just northeast of Center City Philadelphia.



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Roxborough-Manayunk
June 26, 2014

Roxborough and Manayunk are companion neighborhoods that have been reborn near the northwestern tip of the city. [READ MORE]


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Brewerytown
June 19, 2014

MetroGrace is committed to reaching the neighborhoods of Philadelphia with churches that proclaim and practice the good news. We’re working to develop congregations that seek the well-being of geographically identified urban communities. [READ MORE]


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Fishtown
June 13, 2014


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Concerned About that Great City
May 13, 2014


Philadelphia is a great city. For hundreds of years its people have affected global change. In its infancy, the city welcomed religious pilgrims... [READ MORE]


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Community-Based Teams
April 16, 2014


09
Gospel-centered Teams
April 9, 2014

MetroGrace serves the Lord by sending gospel-centered teams to plant churches in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Gospel-centered churches are redemptive groups that proclaim the message of salvation and practice deeds that deliver. The gospel message of grace for all through faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ must be boldly […] [READ MORE]



05
Coach Teams
February 5, 2014

MetroGrace serves the Lord by coaching teams to plant gospel-centered, community-based churches in urban neighborhoods. We provide coaching for church planting teams through regular meetings with team leaders, participation in a leadership community, and connection with a network of urban churches. MetroGrace staff continues to meet with church planting leaders […] [READ MORE]



05
Send Teams
December 5, 2013

MetroGrace serves the Lord by sending teams to plant gospel-centered, community-based churches in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Teams are sent after assessment, with an approved plan from a local church. Church planting interns are observed throughout their training. Supervisors look for the qualities needed to establish a new congregation. Those who clearly […] [READ MORE]



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Training Teams
November 27, 2013

MetroGrace serves the Lord by training teams to plant gospel-centered, community-based churches in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Training is delivered through summer internships, urban mission internships and church planting internships. Summer interns, usually students in college or seminary, live and work at MetroGrace for 8-12 weeks. This instruction takes place while ministry is […] [READ MORE]



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Transforming Strategy - Gathering Teams
November 13, 2013

In order to realize this vision, MetroGrace gathers, trains, sends, and coaches teams to develop gospel-centered, community-based churches in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. An accomplished purpose means neighborhoods will be renewed with justice and compassion, families will be growing in accord with God’s plan, and individuals will be converted by the […] [READ MORE]



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Transforming Vision
November 11, 2013

MetroGrace envisions transformation. An accomplished purpose means neighborhoods will be renewed with justice and compassion, families will be growing in accord with God’s plan, and individuals will be converted by the gospel of grace. We dream about neighborhoods that residents are reluctant to leave. Christians have made significant investments of […] [READ MORE]



06
Surface and Substance
November 6, 2013

Some might say that economics is the driving force behind globalization. Perhaps that is true, but globalization is most visible in a pervasive international culture that many label as Western or even American. Held says:There can be little doubt that one of the most directly perceived and experienced forms of […] [READ MORE]



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Globalization and Politics
November 4, 2013

Methods of governing vary greatly. Some governments are organized to include citizen participation. Others are run by harsh dictators. Others fall somewhere in between. In this period of intensified international relationships global politics exert influence far beyond national boundaries. Urban church planters are affected by ideas about government that develop […] [READ MORE]



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Identify with Arriving Populations
October 24, 2013

Urban church planters should seek to identify with arriving populations. They should work to understand their circumstances and help them access the resources they need to live in their new neighborhoods. They should advocate for their ministry group as needed. They should contextualize the gospel in culturally sensitive ways to […] [READ MORE]



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Globalization Creates Church Planting Opportunities
October 23, 2013

Global economics continue to influence migration patterns. National economies that make it difficult for residents to earn a living push people out of their home countries to provide for their families. Those countries with robust economies are attractive to migrating groups. Urban church planters should evaluate the groups that are […] [READ MORE]



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Consider the Implications of Globalization
October 22, 2013

Urban church planters pursue transformation in accord with biblical instruction, among diverse communities, to seek peace, embracing globalization. Globalization affects urban communities. “Globalization refers to a multidimensional set of social processes that create, multiply, stretch and intensify worldwide social interdependencies and exchanges while at the same time fostering in people a […] [READ MORE]



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Effective Community Development
October 17, 2013

Urban church planting teams advancing community transformation by seeking peace should learn from the experiences of the Christian Community Development Association. Wayne Gordon explains eight essential components for effective community development: relocation, reconciliation, redistribution, leadership development, listening to community, church-based community development, a holistic approach, and empowerment (Lupton, 2007, 24-134). […] [READ MORE]



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Seek Peace
October 14, 2013

Urban church planters forward community transformation by following biblical directives among diverse groups of people to seek the peace of the city. The welfare of God’s people is affected by the well-being of the city, so the righteous are called to prayerfully seek its blessing. Jeremiah shares God’s instruction: ldquo;Seek […] [READ MORE]



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Transformed Communities Reach Out in Ever-Widening Circles
October 10, 2013

The Lord’s mandate for the growth of the church specified a pattern for expansion. Believers are called to make disciples in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Certainly, Christ intended the initial growth of the gospel to follow that progression. And it is clear from […] [READ MORE]



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Transformed Communities are Diverse
October 9, 2013

The Nations Urban churches must be obedient to Christ’s command to establish healthy churches among all people everywhere (Matt 28:18-20). So, they must develop an accurate understanding of those people. When Christ says to make disciples of all nations, he uses the phrase ta ethne. This term is the plural […] [READ MORE]



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