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.

Through this certification, students learn to:

  1. Interpret the Scriptures in the context of the life of an urban church community.
  2. Design and implement pastoral reponses based on an analysis of the total life of an urban faith community.
  3. Understand the dynamics of personal faith development.
  4. Develop communication skills in a variety of pastoral and cross-cultural settings.
  5. Understand the mission of the Church in contemporary urban settings.

Urban Ministry Certification Required Courses:

  • REL468/RS 568: The Bible and the City (2 credits)
  • CA331/CA 531: Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • REL306/RS 506: The Contemporary Church (3 credits)
  • REL443/RS 543: Theology of Peace and Justice (3 credits)
  • REL403/RS 503: Religious Studies Practicum (1-3 credits)