Urban Ministry at Wesley is focused on contextual education. In partnership with two historic churches, Wesley's Urban Ministry students learn to engage the poor and the powerful, to meet the needs of diverse cultures, and to answer their call to dynamic and practical ministry as a part of the complex social systems of inner-city Washington.
Wesley's Urban Ministry program provides supervised study, specialized coursework, and an Urban Ministry placement. Coursework includes Introduction to Urban Ministry I & II, Sociology of Religion, Pastoral Care and Counseling in Context, and 9 elective credits from the Urban Ministry curriculum.
Missional Ministry at Wesley is designed to equip church leaders to focus on the church's mission of being sent into the world to create disciples for Jesus Christ. The program does this by focusing on both the nature of the church to be Missional - to be Christ's Body sent into the world to make disciples and care for one another - and the practices of fruitful Missional Churches.
These two emphases are covered in the core required courses, CM 205 (Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World) and CM 245 (Leadership and Practices of the Missional Church). Beyond these two required courses, students may select 3 electives for 8 or more credit hours to complete the specialization.
Service-learning is a form of experiential learning through which students engage in service that is integrated with course learning goals through intentional reflection through written assignments, class and group discussions, and journaling. Students in the first year core course, Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry, engage in service learning, ministering with congregations, faith-based and other community organizations. Students undertake theological reflection on their service work in the community as a spiritual discipline, helping them to grow in their formation ministry.
Service-Learning Partners Guide
Doctor of Ministry Program
Wesley offers two Doctor of Ministry Programs that are related to the work done at Wesley Downtown.
Urban Ministry (Start Jan 2013) - Inspired by the vision of a Beloved Community, students will be equipped to engage the poor and the powerful, to meet the needs of diverse cultures, and to answer their call to dynamic, applied ministry in the complex social systems of the inner-city.
Missional Evangelism (Start TBD)- Proclaiming the Gospel is central to the mission of the church. Through evangelism, the Church and its pastors particpate in the activity of God through the power of the Holy Spirit to renew and transform communities and individuals, who are called to repentance and new life in Jesus Christ.
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