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Intro. to Urban Ministry


Program Masters
Field of Study Ministry
Class# MUM 315
Instructor Kapp, Deborah
Location MTS room 101
Start Date 9.7.2010
End Date 12.10.2010
Time Fri. 9/10,10/1,11/5,12/3 6-9p.m.; Sat. 10/2,11/6,12/4 9-4p.m.


Course Number and Title:   MUM 315       Introduction to Urban Ministry


Faculty: Deborah Kapp


Term: Spring 2010


Course Description:

Through the study of particular neighborhoods in Chicago and several church or church-related ministries in their midst, this course will introduce students to various models of ministry in a changing urban setting and equip them to do community analysis.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify and discuss several dynamics that characterize and shape urban settings
  2. Study and analyze a particular neighborhood
  3. Interpret the question, “Who is my neighbor?” biblically and theologically and relate this interpretation to the practice of ministry in particular locations
  4. Compare and contrast several ways that faithful urban ministry can be embodied


Masters Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes established for each degree program are below. The ones that are underlined are those addressed by the course above. Because a course may be taken by students in any masters degree program, outcomes in more than one degree program may be addressed by this course.


M.Div. Learning Outcomes            

  1. Lead communities of faith with integrity, imagination and compassion.
  2. Perform the skills related to nurturing the life of faith (for self and others) including preaching, teaching, care-giving, leading public worship and public ministries.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the Bible and Christian traditions and the ability to interpret texts and practices.
  4. Work and worship with people from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, religious) informed by knowledge from cross-cultural and anti-racist perspectives.
  5. Analyze social locations and cultural contexts in order to develop contextual forms of Christian ministry.
  6. Be proficient in the theological and ethical reflection related to situations and decisions in local, national and global contexts.
  7. Practice appropriate habits of spiritual formation and self-care and possess a growing, healthy sense of vocational identity.

MTS Learning Outcomes

  1. Exhibit the ability to interpret and teach Christian traditions, texts, and practices that nurture the life of faith and scholarship in themselves and the communities they serve.
  2. Articulate a point of view effectively and coherently in spoken and written communication.
  3. Engage in theological research and analysis based upon an argument and construct a theological essay or thesis article.


MA in Discipleship Development Learning Outcomes

  1. Teach basic concepts of Christian belief, traditions and practices.
  2. Equip others to engage in a variety of spiritual practices (such as prayer, hospitality, or worship).
  3. Plan and lead programs of Christian formation in a variety of settings.
  4. Analyze and evaluate resources and practices for Christian formation.


MA in Urban Ministry Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and analyze urban contexts using Chicago as a laboratory / case study.
  2. Draw on biblical and theological resources to reflect ethically on issues of church and society.
  3. Demonstrate capacity to engage in cross-cultural ministries.
  4. Evaluate skills and strategies to organize communities and access political power in urban settings.


Primary Texts:

Hirsch, Arnold. 1998 [1983]. Making the Second Ghetto: Race & Housing in Chicago 1940-1960. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

McRoberts, Omar. 2003.  Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Wilson, William Julius and Richard P. Taub. 2006. There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

Selected articles and sermons will be available electronically via Moodle.

Approximate amount of work per week students can expect:


  • 1-3 hours for online research, forum participation on Moodle, map development, and short writing assignments
  • 250 pp of reading will be discussed when class meets (3x per semester)



Course Assignments


  • Create a critical map of a neighborhood in Chicago or another city (the map will be developed throughout the course and updates will be handed in approximately weekly throughout the course)
  • Collect and organize of data about the neighborhood being studied (approximately weekly)
  • Reflect via Moodle forums approximately weekly
  • Write an essay on the topic “Who is my neighbor?”