About the Urban Ministry Program
The urban ministry program through the Department of Theology combines both theological and interdisciplinary courses to prepare the student for the vast opportunities for ministry in urban and cross cultural settings. The focus of this major is on the preparation of the student rather than on the development of specific ministry skills, so that the student may be faithful in the call to serve and share the Christian gospel creatively. Thus, this program seeks to develop both a wholesome theological understanding and an understanding of the significant issues in overcoming social and cultural obstacles. Students in the major and minor are expected to model a lifestyle becoming of a minister of Jesus Christ in covenant with the SAU program. Admission to the major/minor commits the student to a yearly renewal of this covenant through recommendations and review of the student’s campus life, academic performance and ministry activity.
Other programs offered through the Department of Theology include:
- Biblical studies
- Camping ministry
- Missions (minor)
- Pastoral ministry
- Theological studies
- Youth ministry
Why should you choose SAU’s urban ministry program?
The urban ministry program combines the strengths of the religion faculty and the faculty in other areas of the University, particularly those disciplines that contribute to the University’s urban studies program. Thus, this interdisciplinary program brings together the subjects and disciplines that will come to bear on the student’s future ministry practices, giving the individual the background by which to serve in creative and effective ways. The student is required to do vocational exploration in missions or cross cultural ministry as well as ongoing involvement in the field during their time as a student.
All ministry programs in the Department of Theology offer a creative blend of solid academics, practical ministry training and application, and spiritual formation. Included in all department programs is a central theological curriculum, which provides an essential foundation for all forms of Christian ministry. This curriculum includes courses in the four areas that make up what is commonly known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan
The courses for the 56-hour urban ministry major include such subject areas as biblical interpretation, philosophy of ministry, doctrines of the Christian faith, exploring ministry, counseling, Christian ethics, and introduction to philosophy.
View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the urban ministry program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.