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Articles on Urban Education and Ministry Training
by Alvin Padilla
The challenge of dealing well with the different cultures in our modern cities is the most significant and overwhelming challenge facing theological schools today, according to Dr. Alvin Padilla, Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education. In this article, he begins to unravel the problem by offering several perspectives to help us move from being bewildered to better understanding what God might be doing in our cities today.
by Rudy Mitchell
“College Prep Ministry in Boston: León de Judá” is the lead article in this section. Supplementary articles showing different ministry models and an extensive resource list of print and online resources could spark the interest of churches to start their own formal or informal ministry to guide young people toward higher education goals.
by Erik Nordbye
This article looks at some recent research into the landscape of Christian Preschools and Early Education Centers in the Boston area. This research was done by the Emmanuel Gospel Center and the Child’s Play Network, which is a developing network of educators dedicated to high-quality, Christian early education. The research includes an effort to identify existing Christian preschools, as well as a series of individual interviews and focus group discussions with local teachers, directors, and other early educators. The principle finding has been the surprisingly low number of Christian preschools in the Boston area, particularly those coming from Protestant traditions: approximately 9 in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline; 11 more if you extend the examined range out to Rt. 128; and finally 45 more if you extend that range all the way out to Rt. 495.
by Mary Chen
A paper which discusses methods of teaching Hebrew in an urban theological education program.
2011 Survey of Urban Ministry Training Centers
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Dear Christian Leader,
Your urban ministry training center or program will be listed at no charge in The Greater Boston Urban Ministry Training Center Directory. The Directory provides free publicity for your Bible institute, Bible college, church-based discipleship/leadership training program, parachurch training program, or seminary-affiliated center and its programs. It is also a useful tool for networking and collaboration, and it helps others make referrals to your center or program.
The Greater Boston Urban Ministry Training Directory is a database and printed directory of Bible institutes, colleges, church-based discipleship/leadership training programs, parachurch training programs, or seminary-affiliated centers located roughly within the parameters of I-495. This is a non-commercial, non-profit service of the Emmanuel Gospel Center, located in the South End.
Emmanuel Gospel Center is a Christian, non-profit organization which seeks to understand and help nurture the vitality of urban churches in the context of their broader urban communities. The Center has been serving the city and its churches since 1938.
We do not share our address list or emails with commercial businesses. Further, the questions in the following passages highlighted in gray are those which help us in our research as we work to understand churches and training centers in the city, but we keep that information strictly confidential.
If you have any questions about The Boston Ministry Training Center Directory or the Emmanuel Gospel Center, please call me at: 978-473-2593 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
When you have completed the form, please mail it to me at the address below.
Hanno van der Bijl, Research Associate
Emmanuel Gospel Center, Boston
Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher
Brian Corcoran, Project Director
Urban Ministry Training Center Survey
Name of person filling out form:
1. Contact Information and Founding Year
2. Description What is your center’s unique focus, identity, emphasis, approach, vision, or mission?
3. Personnel Please provide us with the names of your staff and key leaders.
5. Courses of Study Offered
What ministries do the center’s courses equip the students to serve in?
6. Curriculum Please list any courses with various levels or courses which form a series of study.
7. Center Calendar What is the center’s typical schedule and location? (e.g. weekly semester-long classes, one week intensive courses, weekend classes etc.)
8. Number, Age, and Student Information
Please describe some typical examples of ministries that your students and graduates are engaged in:
9. Ethnic Groups, Nationalities, and Languages
10. Ministries and Programs
Urban Ministry Training Programs
This graduate school strengthens leaders who steward resources with and for vulnerable people and places, by means of contextual, Christian-based education innovatively delivered throughout the urban world. The program looks beyond itself to embody the commonly-held vision of an international network. BGU serves and is served by a global network of urban leaders and partners and its vision is shaped by this network and its partners.BGU offers a Master of Arts in Global Urban Leadership and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership which has a number of urban components. The school was founded by Ray Bakke.
A church-based training and resource center for urban studies and ministry located in Los Angeles. Offers courses and internships on graduate and undergraduate level with academic credit granted through several schools.
Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME)
Center for Urban Theological Studies 
The Center is a part of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Its purpose is to "provide training and resources to equip urban ministers to reach the city for Christ." Programs range from the Institute for Christian Leadership online training leading to a Certificate in Urban Ministry to Master's degree programs and a D. Min. in Urban Ministry.
Denver Institute of Urban Studies 
City Vision College  (formerly called Rescue College)
Moody Theological Seminary (Chicago)
Urban Ministry Track: The Urban Ministry track prepares the student for traditional church-based forms of service such as leading a congregation in a pastoral role. The Urban Development Track will equip students with the knowledge, skills,and experiences to develop and lead Not for Profit (NFP) and For Profit (FP) relief and development ministries in World Class Cities.
An educational consortium for urban theological education based in Chicago. SCUPE offers courses, consultations and educational resources for individual students, churches and organizations at the seminary level. It provides training in community development.It also conducts a biennial Urban Ministry Congress and operates a resource library.
Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)