Emerging in Seattle

Ray Bakke and a school without walls
As a pastor in Chicago and a teacher at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary, Ray Bakke encouraged pastors to engage the city rather than flee from it. He cofounded the Chicago-based Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), one of the nation’s major centers for reflection on urban ministry, and he served as senior associate for large cities with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism from 1979 to 1995. Bakke’s books A Theology as Big as the City (Inter Varsity Press) and Street Signs: A New Direction in Urban Ministry (New Hope) reflect his effort to reorient theological education and ministry to focus on urban realities and God’s vision for the city.


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