Since 2014 over half of the world’s population lives in cities of over 400,000 people. The world is changing. Notice how those in the cities are setting the pace for good and bad. We need to bring Jesus into the places where the people are concentrated.
Pray for the new students who are starting the nine-month, educational program called Studies in Urban Ministry (SUM). They’ll be learning how to work effectively to impact people who are unique to population centers. The first 5 students in the program will begin living at Urban Hope on August 21st. These Grace College seniors will focus on serving God in an urban setting.
The training will involve hands-on mentoring, classwork, travel to many cities, reading and discussion. The students arrive this week at the Urban Hope Training Center. They will get experience in outreach, discipleship, leadership training and how they can specialize in one of the following areas:
- Church and Community
- Children and Youth
- Addiction and Recovery
During the school year students will travel to Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and Detroit to see various other urban ministries first-hand. The ministries to homeless and those of various ethnic diversities will be part of their time as well. The program is overseen by the staff of Urban Hope and mentors from other cities.
Please pray God uses this training to allow the students to be fully equipped for going into urban areas to impact the lives of those in the cities.