Urban Ministry Certification

Requirements for certification in Urban Ministry


Urban Ministry certification seeks to empower women and men of faith for education, reflection, and engagement in ministry experiences with urban communities. It is designed for clergy and seminarians, as well as for professional and volunteer lay ministers. Pursuit of Urban Ministry Certification may be part of an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies or as part of a graduate degree in Ministry or Religious Studies. Non-credit students may obtain a Certificate of Recognition in Urban Ministry.

Completion of the certificate is based on showing competencies in certain skills that may or may not be attained through academic work.  Some of the competencies listed below may be fulfilled through courses offered in either the traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, or through classes offered in conjunction with the St. Clare Center for Catholic Life.  Other competencies may be granted based on previous academic work or on work and life experience.  Urban Ministry Certificate students should meet with their advisor to assess their route towards completing these competencies.

Required Competencies for Certificate Completion (at Non-credit, Undergraduate or Graduate Levels):

  1. Basic understanding of the theological foundations of church.
  2. An understanding of the theory and practice of social justice, especially in the urban setting.
  3. Competency in social or interpersonal communication.
  4. Familiarity with the organization and functioning of a church community.
  5. Knowledge of resources in the urban setting for enhancing the life of an urban congregation.
  6. Internship/practicum.