Urban Ministry

There are almost 310 million people living in America today. Of them, 222 million (71.6%) live in an urban (population over 50,000) 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, smart phone apps and simulcast video sessions. Urban environments are racially and economically diverse, community-driven, media-driven, cause-driven, service oriented and influence-driven. The urban landscape is ever-changing. Urban ministries need to know and embrace the multicultural dynamics that shape the communities they serve. Program DetailsApply Now

Program Description

There are almost 310 million people living in America today. Of them, 222 million (71.6%) live in an urban (population over 50,000) 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, smart phone 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 are trend-setting and entrepreneurial. The urban landscape is ever-changing. Urban ministries need to know and embrace the multicultural dynamics that shape the communities they serve.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the camp ministry program, students will minister effectively within a camp ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  1. Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
  2. Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  3. Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
  4. Understand structural models for governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
  6. Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
  7. Establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for urban ministry and develop basic skills and competencies for effective urban ministry.
  8. Understand modern urban culture and its impact on urban communities and their prevailing worldviews.
  9. Establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in urban ministry.
  10. Effectively engage urban communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courses of Study (36 Credits)

Ministry Foundations (18 credits)

All PER ministry programs are built on the core foundational skills delivered in this set of classes. While implementation of these skills may vary in different ministry environments, the skills are not context-specific at the principle level. Every ministry leader will deploy this organizational leadership foundation in their ministry context.

  • Dynamics of Discipleship (3 credits)
  • Principles of Ministry Strategy (3 credits)
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits)
  • Governance & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Risk Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Urban Ministry Focus (12 credits)

Urban communities present unique challenges and opportunities for ministry. This block of courses trains the student tosuccessfully engage urban ministry contexts, applying the Ministry Foundations principles they’ve learned into the realities of front-line urban ministry.

  • Foundations of Urban Ministry (3 credits)
  • Urban Ministry Culture (3 credits)
  • Communication in Urban Ministry (3 credits)
  • Engaging America 2024 and Beyond (3 credits)
Cross-Discipline Electives (6 credits)

Students will choose at least two experience-based courses from alternative disciplines (i.e. youth ministry, intercultural ministry, camping and recreation) to compliment and customize their learning experience in context.