Urban Ministry (B.S.) | 120 Credits
There are almost 310 million people living in America today. Of them, 222 million (71.6%) live in an urban setting. In more than two-thirds of the 51 largest US cities, the young, college-educated population grew twice as fast in the past decade. Young adults with 4-year degrees are 94% more likely to live in urban neighborhoods. They respond to social media, cutting-edge events, live webinars, smartphone apps and simulcast video sessions. Urban environments are racially diverse, economically diverse, community-driven, media-driven, cause-driven, service oriented and influence-driven. Family dynamics, education gaps and the wrestling match between religion and church are front-line issues in the urban conversation. The next generation of urban Americans
Urban environments are racially diverse, economically diverse, community-driven, media-driven, cause-driven, service oriented and influence-driven. Family dynamics, education gaps and the wrestling match between religion and church are front-line issues in the urban conversation. The next generation of urban Americans is trendsetting and entrepreneurial.
The urban landscape is ever-changing. This program will prepare students to know and embrace the multicultural dynamics that shape the communities they serve, and to minister Christ within them.
“The internship at Lifeline Ministries changed my life. I knew I wanted to work with youth in the inner city, but my passion for the ministry grew over the internship. Living ministry became my goal instead of just working in ministry. Going into this internship I was hoping to change lives and instead my life was changed. I saw firsthand what these kids experience, from extreme poverty to no love from anyone near to them. We were able to use our ministry to show these kids the love of God and help them in any way we could. The opportunity I had to work alongside people who have been doing this for years and learn from them was an amazing blessing. “
-Emily (Urban Ministry)
Upon completion of this program, students will minister effectively within an urban ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:
- Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
- Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
- Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
- Understand structural models for the governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
- Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
- Establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for urban ministry and develop basic skills and competencies for effective urban ministry.
- Understand modern urban culture and its impact on urban communities and their prevailing worldviews.
- Establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in urban ministry.
- Effectively engage urban communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Professional Ministry Core (18 credits)
- Dynamics of Discipleship
- Principles of Ministry Strategy
- Developing Dynamic Teams
- Governance & Admin of Nonprofit Orgs
- Financial Mgmt of Nonprofit Orgs
- Risk Management of Nonprofit Orgs
Urban Ministry Focus (12 credits)
- Foundations of Urban Ministry
- Urban Ministry Culture
- Communication in Urban Ministry
- Engaging America 2024 and Beyond