The urban poor are oppressed, observes Perkins, but not always in the ways normally thought. They oppress themselves by clinging to their role as victims. From the wisdom gained in his many years of working with both black and white church leaders, Perkins helps readers rethink their assumptions about what inner-city ministry should be and relates what the Bible says it is. Not everyone is called to move to the inner city to minister there, but everyone is called to have a heart for its hurting people. Perkins shows us how to be sensitive to our brothers and sisters, come up with innovative and effective ministries, and count the cost.