"With a good dose of wisdom, experience, and humility, Roger Gench weaves together a powerful text on pastoral leadership, theology, and the disciplines of community organizing. Gench writes with refreshing honesty about 'doing theology from the trenches of urban ministry,' but his insights into the 'cruciform covenant' extend far beyond the urban context. Through sermons, practical applications, and thought-provoking discussion questions, Gench provides a guidebook for leaders to help their own communities stand in covenant relationship with God and others 'at the intersection where God is bringing justice, reconciliation, and life out of the crucifixions that litter our landscapes.' Tackling topics such as race, poverty, food deserts, and living wages alongside the Apostles' Creed and the Great Commandment, this book is a must-read for those leaders who desire to deepen a congregation's theological self-understanding and transform the congregationÆs service and witness in the community."
—Jessica Tate, Director, NEXT Church