Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry
You've been called to be a leader in an urban church setting. You want to grow in ministry, yet your educational needs are unique because the issues you deal with are specific to the urban context. Western Theological Seminary offers you:
- Strength in the art and practice of ministry in the city
- Deeper biblical and theological knowledge
- Increased ability to share the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Insights into relating across cultures
- Practical tools for dynamic preaching
- Community of peers to challenge and support you
- Momentum toward a Master of Divinity degree
Students in the program often serve as pastors or ministry leaders in established ministries in a variety of urban contexts in West Michigan. To serve the needs of working pastors and church leaders, the schedule for courses is varied. Many courses are offered during the day, but at least one course each semester is held on Thursday evenings or on the weekends. When interest has been sufficient, courses have been held off-campus, e.g. in Muskegon & Kalamazoo, MI.
Courses and Degree Requirements
Certificate students take five core curriculum courses and three elective courses, a total of 24 credit hours, in order to strengthen their skills and deepen their awareness of issues particular to the practice of urban pastoral ministry. Generally, students take a core course in the fall and an elective in the spring. Please call for a course schedule.
Field Legend: BL - Biblical Field; MN - Christian Ministry Field; TH - Theological Field
- MN115 Practice of Counsel & Care (3)
- TH101 Church History II (3)
- BL103 Old Testament Foundations (3)
- BL102 New Testament Foundations (3)
- MN124 Practice of Worship & Preaching (3)
- Urban Ministry course I (3)
- Urban Ministry course II (3)
- Elective (3)
Two of a student's three electives should have an urban ministry focus.