Christian Community Development - Master's

If you have a passion for minsitry in an urban setting, and want to discover the exploration of issues in urban ministry through the lens of theological reflection and the perspective of Christian faith, then pursuing a Christian Community Development emphasis at Northern Seminary may be the right option for you.

Northern has developed specialized courses designed to fit the specific interests and needs of students who are focused on enriching their knowledge of urban ministry.

Individuals pursuing this emphasis will be equipped for ministry leadership that is:

Biblical. [Grounded in Scripture]

Combined with a comprehensive academic degree program that provides a solid foundation in the study of Scripture, church history, theology and ethics, Biblical Studies courses challenge the student to dig deeper into the Bible with courses ranging from Old or New Testament, to theology, ethics and biblical languages.

Missional. [Sharing Christ in Context]

Northern Seminary provides students with unique ways to learn how to share Christ in context. Through a variety of experiential and classroom learning experiences, students are challenged to apply knowledge to the contemporary context and are equipped for contextually-relevant ministry leadership.

Personal. [Holistic, Relational Ministry]

Individuals pursuing the Biblical Studies Emphasis benefit from Northern’s commitment to personal, holistic ministry training. From the availability of professors to engage in discussion and guide students in discerning their call, to the opportunity to connect with other students on the same path, individuals experience a community that partners with them in their journey toward effective ministry leadership.

Is this program for me?

The Christian Community Development Emphasis is for:

  • Church staff and others who are engaged in ministry in an urban setting.
  • Anyone interested in deepening his or her knowledge of the Bible, theology, ethics and specializes skills for ministry in the urban church.
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized skill for ministry with a focus on Christian Community Development.

What are the requirements of the Biblical Studies Emphasis?

The Biblical Studies Emphasis can be acquired by completing a combination of any five Biblical Studies electives as part of any of the following programs:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master’s Specialization
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Examples of Christian Community Development Electives include:

  • The Church and Community Development
  • God's Heart for the Poor
  • Urban Ministry: Immersion Experience
  • Theology and the Practice of Evangelism
  • Creative Preaching in Urban Ministry

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