Check out this piece from Kevin DeYoung on evangelicals and cities. Informative and thought-provoking! What constitutes being in an “urban” setting? This is something I have thought about quite often.
Richfield pretty much breaks even with Minneapolis on racial composition (Census data), and is nestled 10 minutes from both Minneapolis and Bloomington: Minnesota’s 1st and 5th largest cities. Seems pretty influential/strategic, although many don’t consider it an urban area. And the Strib wrote last year that foreign-born populations are moving out of the central cities to places like Burnsville and Shakopee. We need people who love Jesus everywhere!
We need to think through how and why we live and exist in our different contexts: you could live in a densely populated city and not be involved in your neighborhood or interact in a personal way with anyone who is of a different race, for example. There are needy people all over the Twin Cities; there are people who are different than you all over the Twin Cities. You just need to see them.