Course Syllabus

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

The urbanization of the world presents the church with the unprecedented opportunity and challenge to recognize and plant “signs of the kingdom” in settings that include great change, extraordinary human diversity, centered power, creativity, heightened temptations and many forms of dysfunctionality, both personal and institutional. This course is a historical and Biblical study of the role of the City in ministry and its insights on understanding God’s purposes for effective and transformation change in the City.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the perspective of God, the Bible and the church toward cities.
  2. Reflect on your own experience with cities and your strengths and weaknesses in urban ministry.
  3. Identify the strengths and challenges of cities.
  4. Develop a strategy for your church or ministry to improve its support of urban ministry.
  5. Apply Biblical and modern case studies in urban ministry into your context.
  6. Develop a Theology of Urban Ministry and a personal Philosophy of Urban Ministry.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*).  After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Bible. Use sound principles of Biblical interpretation to analyze the structure, themes and content of the Bible and apply that to local contexts. *
  2. Theology. Apply the foundational truths of Christian theology grounded in Scripture to local contexts. *
  3. Calling. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
  4. Leadership. Develop a personal philosophy and plan for leadership based on principles of leadership and effective ministry management.
  5. Life Balance. Develop plan for him/herself and others to establish life balance in a society saturated with technology and addiction.
  6. Cross-Cultural Ministry. Develop strategy for effective cross-cultural management and ministry and apply that to their own organizational or ministry context. *
  7. Specialization. Develop skills and apply learning and concepts in one area of specialty ministry.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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Additional Policies:

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: May 25, 2022

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