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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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Community-Based Teams
April 16, 2014


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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]



04
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]



09
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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Transformed Communities Envision God’s Urban Plan
October 8, 2013

During his earthly ministry, Jesus forwarded kingdom principles that transform communities. The Sermon on the Mount encapsulates Jesus’ teaching:It portrays the repentance...and the righteousness which belong to the kingdom. That is, it describes what human life and human community look like when they come under the gracious rule of God.. […] [READ MORE]



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Transformed Communites are Biblical
October 3, 2013

God expects those called by his name to make a difference in the world around them. He exhorts the faithful to live according to his word to make an impact on their culture. A relationship with the God of the universe ought to dictate a disciple’s interaction with the world […] [READ MORE]



02
Transformed Communities
October 2, 2013

Church planting teams seek growth in individuals, development in families, and transformation.in communities. Advancing the gospel in word and deed should make a difference in the community served. There is need for transformation in Northeast Philadelphia. Maria Kefalas sheds some light on present perceptions in Northeast Philadelphia. Her ethnographic study of […] [READ MORE]



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Transformed Families
October 1, 2013

Churches planted in Philadelphia seek changed individuals and transformed families. Families are hurting: In Western cultures today, it is a sad reality that purposeful family life and community life are breaking down at alarming rates. In fact the very idea of family is being restructured. We are encouraged to focus […] [READ MORE]



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Transformed Individuals
September 30, 2013

Disciples, leaders, and churches who discern the biblical basis for urban church planting should develop urban church planters and deploy church planting teams. Toward that end, MetroGrace seeks to gather, train, send, and coach church planting teams to develop community-based, gospel-centered churches for neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. These churches advance the gospel in […] [READ MORE]



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Balancing Proclamation and Practice
September 26, 2013

Lupton relates an experience with a group of upperclassmen at a Bible college: What is the number one mandate for the followers of Christ? “Evangelize!” came the immediate and emphatic response...After a moment or two of puzzled silence, a student in the back of the classroom ventured a hesitant response; ldquo;You […] [READ MORE]



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Advance the Gospel in Deed
September 25, 2013

Urban church planting teams should advance the gospel by their deeds as well. The commission from Christ to make disciples is built upon his command to love God and neighbor (Matt 22:37-39; 28:19-20). Concern for the eternal blessing of neighbors begins with care for their present well-being. When questioned by […] [READ MORE]



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Advance the Gospel in Word
September 24, 2013

New urban churches must be gospel-centered. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. It reveals a righteousness that comes from God for those who trust Him (Rom 1:16-17). This salvation begins at the moment of conversion when a sinner, admitting his guilt and helplessness […] [READ MORE]



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Church Planting Teams Advance the Gospel in Word and Deed
September 23, 2013

Church planting teams grow as they work together to analyze their community and advance the gospel in word and deed. The church planting team must prioritize the gospel in word and deed as they serve in their neighborhood. They must avoid distractions that would keep them from their purpose. The […] [READ MORE]



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