INTRODUCTION TO URBAN MINISTRY
Spring 2019, HYBRID COURSE
Urban Ministry finds its fullest meaning within the context of Metropolitan Ministry: a vision and practice that considers and engages a myriad of systems that impact life in an ever-changing and increasingly urban world. Today’s urban contexts –local, national and global-are diverse, complex, pluralistic, entrepreneurial, innovative, trendsetting and growing. Ministries within urban contexts need to know the cultures and environments around them, interrogate their interactions and relationships with the communities they serve and affirm the multi-religious and multicultural dynamics that shape these communities. How do urban congregations relate to each other (traditional, immigrant, new church plants), other belief systems, as well as suburban and exurban congregations, agencies, and systems? What does it mean to practice ministry with faithfulness and integrity in the Northeast Corridor and beyond? What tools help course participants develop a vision and daily practice that are contextually relevant, historically grounded, culturally competent, pastoral in nature, and prophetic in witness? This course, a hybrid of on campus, online, and field research, will address these questions and will explore the resources and skills course participants will require to effectively lead congregations and social agencies in urban arenas.