Urban Ministry - Emphasis

Responding to God’s call to Urban Ministry is exciting, rewarding—and challenging.

Northern Seminary understands that individuals preparing for ministry in a contemporary urban context are faced with unique challenges varying from addressing the complex needs of the community to developing culturally relevant ministries.  

That’s why Northern offers an Urban Ministry emphasis designed to fit the specific interests and needs of individuals interested in exploring a call to urban ministry.

The specialized courses designed for this emphasis will prepare students for urban 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, specialized urban ministry courses challenge the student to engage in and reflect on the core issues encountered in an urban ministry context from a biblical perspective.

Missional. [Sharing Christ in Context]

With its main campus just 20 miles from downtown Chicago, Northern Seminary presents students with the unique opportunity for experiential learning in the urban cultural context. Through visits to various sites throughout Chicago, the city becomes the learning laboratory in which students are inspired to develop practical, relevant ways to share Christ in context.

Personal. [Holistic, Relational Ministry]

Individuals pursuing the Urban Ministry 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 urban ministry practitioners already serving in the field, students experience a community that partners with them in their journey toward effective urban ministry.

Is this program for me?

The Urban Ministry emphasis is for:

  • Anyone interested in ministering in an urban cultural context
  • Individuals who want to learn more about the unique issues encountered in the urban culture
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized skill for ministry in the urban church

What are the requirements of the Urban Ministry Emphasis?

The Urban Ministry Emphasis can be acquired by completing a combination of any five Urban Ministry electives as part of any of the following programs

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

Examples of Urban Ministry Electives include:

  • Toward a Theology of Urban Ministry
  • Issues in Cross-cultural Evangelism
  • Creative Preaching in Urban Ministry
  • Urban Ministry of the Church
  • Urban Ministry: Immersion Experience

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