Review the modules below to understand more about the current modules in our Urban Mission Concentration. You'll find information on the course objectives and schedule availability.

Urban Mission Concentration
PU 1 Mission Strategies and Globalization
Purpose:

  • To learn what globalization is and how it affects virtually all contexts
  • To understand the connection between urbanization and globalization as interlocking forces affecting life circumstances 
  • To strategize how best to reach the people in the student’s ministry context with the transforming power of Christ

Summer module, three hours. Faculty.

PU 2 Contextual Theology
Purpose:

  • To sketch the history and recent developments of contextualization
  • To outline issues involved in contextualization and sample current responses to these issues
  • To provide the student with opportunities to test his or her theories by sample attempts at the contextualization of theology
  • To critique current attempts at contextual theology in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses and determine challenges to the student’s own growth

Summer module, three hours. Faculty.

PU 3 Community Analysis and Demographics
Purpose:

  • To understand the major factors involved in urbanization in the developing countries and ethnicization of North American cities
  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of one particular community, including its place in the various political, economic, educational, and health, etc., systems in which it is a part and the nature of the people living there
  • To analyze demographic information from the standpoint of Christian evangelism and the church, and begin to integrate this information into mission strategy
  • To become adept in handling surveys, questionnaires, and field research techniques with a view to utilizing them for urban ministry
  • To be able and motivated to interpret demographic realities to fellow Christians so that the churches where the students attend and minister may be spurred to action

Summer module, three hours. Faculty.

PU 4 Mission Anthropology
Purpose: 

  • To acquaint students with anthropological concepts, particularly culture and worldview
  • To expose students to anthropological methodology, particularly participant observation and ethnographic interviewing
  • To challenge students in their understanding of themselves and others as culturally-formed beings
  • To teach students the proper method of cross-cultural analysis
  • To guide students into learning when to use the etic and when to use the emic perspective in studying culture

Summer module, three hours. Faculty.

PU 5 How Cities Change
Purpose: 

  • To understand and begin to contribute to the emerging field of theological city-change
  • To grasp several models for city-change and why the gospel is central to them
  • To conceptualize and develop a plan for gospel-change in the student's city balancing local work with collaborative ministry
  • To think creatively about how the gospel might be spread in the student's city

With increasing worldwide urbanization and globalization, theological reflection and methods of reaching the city are becoming more important. This course is for pastors and urban theorists who want to explore how gospel dynamics can affect renewal in a city through components of gospel-fundamentals, gospel community, movement, and networks. Attention will be given to new and significant literature on the subject. 

A trip to NYC to study various models is included.

Summer module, three hours. Mr. Dennis.

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