6 February, 2014 Duncan Forbes
Making disciples who make disciples in the urban context
In the last few years there has been more of an emphasis on church planting in housing estates and inner city areas. However, at the same time there is a severe lack of people who are equipped for this ministry. A lot of potential planters wonder how they could ever be suitably equipped, whilst existing planters wonder how they can equip their local converts for ministry. There are various options for training, but these tend either to take people away from their local area, or are not specifically tailored for urban ministry. For these reasons Urban Ministries have partnered with Oak Hill College to start the Urban Ministry Program.
So what’s unique about the Urban Ministry Program? I think it’s the combination of the following features.
1. Specifically designed for making disciples in the Urban Context. Our tag line is ‘making disciples who make disciples in the urban context’. By the end of the course, not only have you been discipled, but you have discipled someone else.
2. Based in the local church. Whilst we all meet up one day a week at a training centre, much of the training is done within the local church, and dovetails with students serving in the church.
3. A balance of head, heart and hands. The course is designed so that students do not just receive knowledge, but also character transformation and practical service.
4. Modern teaching methods. We use a variety of teaching methods that enable students to learn robust and rigorous theology, without the need to be academic.
5. Theologically reformed.
This year we have 19 students from Brighton, London, and Middlesbrough. Each Wednesday we meet up together on the Alton Estate, Roehampton for a training day. For the rest of the week everyone is serving and training in their local churches, putting into practice what they have been learning. The year is broken up into three modules: 1) Urban Discipleship; 2) Handling the Bible in the urban context; 3) Urban mission.
We hope to have more training centres open up in the future. If you’re interested in doing the Urban Ministry Program next year, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website.