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Urban Ministry

Earn a Certificate in Urban Ministry

Strengthen your ministry as an urban pastor or leader with a certificate in urban ministry. Designed for Christian leaders who desire to engage the complex and changing context of urban culture and urbanization, this program offers teaching in both theological foundation and practical ministry skills for meeting the unique challenges of the urban environment. Equip yourself with the necessary ministry skills as American society moves toward a more urban and multicultural dynamic.

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Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

For Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, engaging in urban and multicultural ministry is a passion. His classes enable students to identify the skills necessary for sociocultural analysis, a deepened theology, and spiritual formation and discipleship in practical ministry.

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Practical Training

In your first year, you’ll engage spiritual practices and developmental assessments. Your second year includes a pilgrimage to major sites of racial significance. Finally, your concluding intensive focuses exclusively on the practice of urban ministry, giving you opportunities to evaluate your own ministry setting and practices.

Course Schedule

This certificate is designed to be completed in three summer intensive courses, with two online courses during the academic year, for a total of 15 semester hours of academic credit.

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Cohort, Online, and In-Person Intensive Study

Utilizing the cohort learning model, 15 to 20 students complete the urban ministry certificate program together in just over two years, developing a committed community of urban practitioner peers. A blending of online learning throughout the year with one-week intensive courses allows you to continue serving while you study.

Admission Requirements

Submit an application by May 23, including essays, official transcripts, references, and a $25 non-refundable fee. If you’re accepted into the program, your tuition deposit must be received by June 15 to hold your place.

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