Courses include, but are not limited to:
UMS1100 Foundations of Urban Ministry
The course will help the student develop a biblical framework for urban ministry and gain an overall understanding of foundational principles for effective urban ministry. Students will gain an understanding of the history, contemporary practices and centrality of the local church in effective urban ministry. Each student will learn principles to (a) understand the diversity of urban settings (b) target the needs of various people groups within an urban area, and (c) develop strategies to for effective urban ministry within that culture. The course will be taught at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia offering hands- on training.
UMS4830 Urban Studies Field Experience 1
Both field experiences will be taught through a semester long residency at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, PA. Students will spend a total of two semesters completing the field experiences. Students will live at Urban Hope and will travel to ministry sites in various cities of the Northeast throughout their field experiences.
YMI314 Cross Cultural Youth Ministries
The student will learn how to assess relevant issues related to specific cultures and how to target the needs of youth within various socio-economic groups. This class will develop strategies for meeting the needs of youth in a cross-cultural context and how to church plant using youth as a target group. The students will be taught how to train youth leadership to accomplish church planting and development. This class will be held in Philadelphia, a cross-cultural setting offering hands-on training.
ICS311 Intercultural Communication
Students will examine the principles and processes of communicating effectively with people from a second cultural context, whether in multi-cultural U.S.A. or in other countries. The course will investigate functional perception and how cultural worldview, beliefs, and values affect it through the personal perception of each individual. Students will explore how the shaping of the message, the style of communication, and the use of communication networks help to penetrate different cultures with the gospel. Dangers of ethnocentrism and its affect on the cross-cultural communication process will be discussed. The principles examined are valuable for intercultural relations in any field of work.
BBL313 Understanding World Religions
Students will examine the belief systems of major religions with a view to understanding why the tenets of each system make sense and drive behavior for the adherents. They will also examine how each religion affects the host culture and how the culture affects the religion. The inadequacies of each belief system will be considered in light of the adequacy of Christianity.
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
An introductory study of humans functioning in society. Basic principles of sociology will be experienced including organization, structure, strata, and problems in American society. Emphasis will be placed on observational techniques that will help to develop a spirit of active participation in the world.