"I had become disillusioned with the way many organizations were addressing poverty. So many were revolving doors. So, I started looking for a seminary that would train me in Christian community development. And I found it." — Nathan Hunt
Master of Arts in Urban Mission
This degree equips practitioners personally, theologically and practically to provide effective leadership in urban mission in both North American and global contexts. It includes biblical and theological foundations, cross-cultural, sociological and anthropological tools, analysis of historical and contemporary mission issues, ministry skills, and partnership opportunities in mission. This degree integrates evangelism, community development, church planting, leadership development, peacemaking, contextual theology and the mission of God.
Students must choose one of the following concentrations:
- Community leadership concentration: prepares students to lead congregations and faith-based community benefit organizations in today's complex urban environments.
- Global mission concentration: gives students the opportunity to tailor the program to prepare for service in a variety of urban or non-urban settings.
Career paths for graduates of this program include:
- Urban ministry work locally and cross-culturally
- Work within community based organizations
- Missions pastor within a North American church context
- Volunteer ministry within church congregations
The following courses are part of this program and may be either a required or elective course. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.
- The Church and God's Mission in the World (BIB 720)
- Biblical Interpretation I (BIB 725)
- Biblical Theology I (BIB 750)
- Biblical Theology II (BIB 752)
- Senior Seminar (BIB 790)
- Thesis (MIN 799)
- Interpersonal Communication (COUN 724)
- Mentoring/Connecting (MIN 705)
- Ministry Discernment (MIN 770)
- Christian Thought (THEO 705)
- Discipleship and Ethics (THEO 730)
- Personal Evangelism (MIN 720)
- Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno (MIN 750B)
- Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles (MIN 750A)
- Supervised Ministry Experience I (MIN 793A)
- Supervised Ministry Experience II (MIN 793B)
- Urban Mission Practicum (WM.675UM)
- Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation (PACS 700)
- Global Christian Theologies (THEO 740)
- Missionary Anthropology (MIN 728)
- Church Planting (MIN 724)
- Kingdom Entrepreneurship (MIN 726)
- Into the Neighborhood (MIN 752)
- Engaging the City (MIN 754)
Students have opportunities to:
- Interact extensively with urban ministry practitioners in the Fresno area
- Learn from the experience of Christian organizations in Fresno and other cities
- Faculty have published a wide range of theological and practical literature.
- Faculty and students build personal relationships.
- Students and faculty shape and evaluate a personal growth plan.
- Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and service
- Application form and fee
- Official transcript of BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 2.5 GPA*)
- Personal profile statement and short answer questions
- Three references
- Writing sample from undergraduate education
*Lower GPA may be considered under special circumstances
Cost: $420 per unit (Financial aid is available.)