Urban Ministry Emphasis
The Urban Ministry emphasis is for those students who are committed to respond actively to the needs of the city. From its inception, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has provided specialized training in urban ministry. This program combines coursework and a variety of practical experiences; students will develop skills in such areas as social analysis, worship, evangelism, stewardship, teaching, pastoral care, preaching, community organizing, managing a small congregation, developing ministry opportunities, building relationships with community organizations and agencies, leadership styles and self/family care.
Elective courses may include:
- Church and Society: A Lutheran Perspective
- Ethics and Politics in the African American Community
- Christian Social Thought
- Justice and Human Dignity in the Works of Latino/a Theologians in the U.S.
- Luther and Social Reform
- Ministry to the Incarcerated and Their Families
- Issues in Urban Ministry
- Ministry in Urban Congregations
Practical experiences will include:
- The accredited ACTS Urban Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program in Public Ministry offers pastoral formation, reflection and competency through experiential learning in the multicultural and multidimensional reality of the urban church. Placements include sites established to aid the healing of others such as those who are homeless, victims of abuse, persons living with AIDS, alcohol or drug abuse and prisoners.
- Ministry in Context is a partnership between Chicago's ethnically diverse parishes and LSTC to give students basic proficiency in professional ministry roles and skills that is appropriate to students and parish needs. During the program, students are encouraged to make that congregation their church home to share with the congregational members a sense of accountability and community.
- An urban internship. Students may either apply to the ELCA seminaries' Horizon Internship program for urban sites throughout the U.S. or apply for an urban internship in the city of Chicago. Talk with the Field Education office about opportunities to fulfill the goals of this emphasis.
Students may also want to participate in the South Conference Pastors text study and the annual SCUPE conference.
These opportunities are available through LSTC in cooperation with:
- Association of Theological Schools (ACTS)
- African American Lutheran Association
- Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE)
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Contact Dr. Richard J. Perry, Jr. for more information.