Author Archives: Steve Cloer

Steve Cloer has been the preaching minister at Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX, since 2006. This historic congregation is located two miles south of downtown Fort Worth. Steve is married to Lindsay and together they have three children, Joshua, Bethany, and Lydia. They live in an urban neighborhood near the Southside church building. Steve graduated with his D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in 2015.

Partnerships in the City

Imagine this scenario: a four-year-old boy from a struggling, impoverished family is beaming with a tremendous smile as he is surrounded by dozens and dozens of people who are enthusiastically singing, “Happy Birthday” to him. Who are the almost 100 upbeat singers surrounding the little boy? They happen to be … recovery addicts.…

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Urban Public Schools and the Kingdom of God (Part 2)

For the past ten years, I have ministered in an urban environment, and a big part of that has been getting to know and ministering to urban public schools. Our church has served our neighborhood schools in various ways: helping with school supplies, feeding teachers, hosting events, mentoring and tutoring students. For the…

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Urban Public Schools and the Kingdom of God (Part 1)

For the past ten years, I have ministered in an urban environment, and a big part of that has been getting to know and ministering to urban public schools. Our church has served our neighborhood schools in various ways: helping with school supplies, feeding teachers, hosting events, mentoring and tutoring students. For the…

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Three Metaphors for a Missional Church (Part 1: Lizard)

This is the first of a three-part series offering metaphors for a missional church. Find part 2 and part 3 here. — Somewhere along the way, our culture changed. In Resident Aliens, William Willimon claims that it happened in 1963 when the Fox Theater moved into his small town and opened on Sunday. All of…

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Bringing Shalom to the City

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt 5:7) — I have heard this beatitude all of my life. My first somewhat serious engagement with the meaning of it was on a playground in elementary school as two fellow classmates were rolling in the grass and a third…

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