Urban Leadership

Northern’s new Masters in Urban Leadership trains culturally competent ministers for urban communities.

Program Description 

Students will engage with complex social and cultural issues facing urban communities, including systemic racism, poverty, violence, and incarceration, and exegete their cultural contexts using ethnographic skills. This practical approach will build on a foundation of biblical knowledge, theology, and church history, focusing on urban theology and the history of the urban church in America. Leading practitioners in urban ministry will train students in preaching, evangelism, conflict mediation, and pastoral care.

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Delivery: On Campus

Classes are held at Northern’s Southside Center for Urban Leadership. In addition, students will attend an annual week long intensive course.


Program Requirements

The 57-credit MA cohort program is designed to be completed in 4 years of study. To accommodate ministry and work schedules, classes meet one night per week (Monday at 7pm) as well as occasional Saturday sessions.

The Master of Divinity may be completed in 3-4 years. MDiv courses not offered on the South Side must be taken either on the main campus in Lisle or via Northern Live.

MA Course Requirements

*Master of Divinity students will complete these Urban Leadership specialization courses as well as the other Master of Divinity requirements.

Christian Heritage Courses:

  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • Pentateuch, Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  • Historical Books and the Prophets
  • Gospels and Acts
  • New Testament Letters and Revelation
  • Christian Theology I
  • Christian Theology II
  • Theology of the Urban Church and Culture
  • History of Christianity Survey
  • History of the American Urban Church

Urban Leadership Courses:

  • Issues Facing Urban Communities
  • Leadership in Urban Contexts
  • Church in Community
  • Evangelism/Discipleship in Urban Contexts
  • Formation for Urban Ministry Leadership
  • Preaching in Urban Contexts
  • Worship & the Arts in Urban Contexts
  • Supervised Ministry 1 & 2
  • Integrative Seminar

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Convenient Schedule
The program consists of: (a) one evening class per week (normally on Monday), (b) six Saturday mornings during the academic year, and (c) a one-week intensive class each summer.


Tuition and Scholarship


The Urban Leadership program offers a unique pricing structure designed for the leader in an urban context. The cost of the program is substantially lower than most seminary degrees and is paid as monthly installments over the course of your program. In addition, all students in the program who apply for Northern scholarships will receive the 15% Fisher scholarship.


 

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