Pastor Jim Cymbala, senior pastor at Brooklyn Tabernacle the guest speaker for the Nyack College opening Convocation Service on Thursday, September 12 on the New York City campus located at 2 Washington Street.
Prior to the Convocation Service, Pastor Cymbala was the guest lecturer in the Urban Church Models class taught by Pastor Charles Galbreath, professor and director of field education at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS).
Brooklyn Tabernacle is a multicultural, evangelical church in the heart of downtown Brooklyn that once held its services in a rundown building in an impoverished area of the borough. Today Pastor Cymbala leads a congregation of nearly ten thousand people who attend weekly services in the former Loew’s Metropolitan Theatre.
With his wife, Carol, a multiple Grammy-Award winning musical director of the internationally known Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Jim Cymbala assumed leadership of the ministry in 1971. ATS seminary students will be enriched and inspired by this pastor’s nearly 50 years immersed in the vastly diverse population of New York City that is drawn to this pacesetting faith community.
Pastor Cymbala shared anecdotally about his journey as a church leader; on being a husband and father; on the state of the church today; and his personal insight on who Jesus called the church to be. He is the author of several books, including Strong through the Storm; Spirit Rising; Breakthrough Prayer; The Rescue (with Ann Spangler) and Fresh Wind Fresh Fire, which received “Christian Book of the Year” recognition.
Urban Church Models is an ATS course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of church and best practices in the urban community where populations are diverse socio-economically as well as ethnically. In addition to in-depth study of theology and the structure of the Christian church, the course examines church history and socio-cultural issues that impact the urban church.
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