URBAN MINISTRY FOCUS COURSES
PS 860 Foundations of Urban Ministry (3 credit hours)
A course designed to help the student develop a biblical framework for urban ministry and gain an overall understanding of foundational principles for effective urban ministry. Students will learn principles to understand the diversity of urban settings, to target the needs of various people groups within an urban area, and to develop strategies for effective urban ministry within that culture.
PS 865 Preaching to the Contemporary Listener (3 credit hours)
A study of preaching in the twenty-first century which examines subjects such as contemporary urban culture and the nature of the contemporary listener. Students explore the use of storytelling, creative language, drama, multi-media and other innovative delivery systems.
PS 870 Urban Church Leadership and Management (3 credit hours)
An investigation of the principles, challenges and practices of Christian leadership in the urban context. It includes a theology of leadership, leading and managing specific ministries, working with the systems effecting life in the city, empowering people, managing change, and managing conflict effectively.
PS 875 Issues Confronting the Urban Pastor (3 credit hours)
An examination of the internal issues (dwindling membership, theological controversies and spiritual vitality) and the external issues (cultural relevance, geo-political concerns and social debates) facing urban pastors. Proposals for how pastors in the city can speak to these conditions will be developed through thoughtful analysis, in-depth research and creative discussion.
PS 880 World Religions in the City (3 credit hours)
A study of the major world religions found in every urban environment and the cultures associated with them. This course investigates Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, and may include visits to local worship centers. The student will develop a Christian response to the claims of each religion as well as strategies for his/her church to present Christ productively.