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Urban Ministry Specialization

Any masters-level student at Wesley is able to take urban ministry classes. For Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students seeking advanced skills in the practice of urban ministry, Wesley offers a specialization that includes urban-focused field placements and coursework.

Field Placements

The Practice in Ministry and Mission Office works with urban ministry students to secure placement in a setting that offers engagement in social justice and theology in the public sphere.

All field placement settings include mentoring, spiritual formation and missional service along with the classroom learning and peer colloquy experience you will gain at the seminary.

Field placements for students previously included community-focused churches in urban and suburban neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and denominational institutions.

Core Courses

Wesley's urban ministry specialization allows master's degree candidates to access supervised study, specialized coursework, and an urban-ministry field placement. Many courses are available in the evenings.

These courses are representative of Wesley’s offerings for core coursework:

  • CM-230 and CM-231 Introduction to Urban Ministry 1 and 2
  • ES-251 Sociology of Religion
  • PC-111 Pastoral Care and Counseling in Context
  • CF-230 Christian Education and the Black Religious Experience
  • ES-234 Sexual Issues in Parish Ministry
  • ES-265 Urban Ministry: Church and Community Settings

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