Missions: Commandos in the City

"God operates in the events and movements of men, and the task of Christianity is to get where the action is, to get where the decisions are being made." So argues the Rev. Donald L. Benedict, 46, who is general director of one of the nation's liveliest and most progressive Protestant institutions: the nondenominational Chicago City Missionary Society.

Set up as a charitable foundation in 1882, the society today is a kind of spiritual commando unit, experimenting with new tactics of evangelism on the battleground of the Inner City. It has taken over, integrated and kept alive a dozen Protestant...

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