The Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) values Contextualized Theological Education, by which students engage with the city—its people, systems and churches—as essential to the seminary curriculum. As such, CUME’s Field-Based Mentored Ministry Program provides degree students with practical and reflective training in the context of urban ministry.
The Field-Based Mentored Ministry classes, MM 649 and 650, are 6-credit hour courses designed to facilitate the development of expertise in an urban ministry specialization area and process leadership skills among students using an action learning approach.
As students develop essential leadership skills in their area of interest, mentors facilitate transformational learning through skill-building, personal formation and theological integration. Each semester, the course is broken in to two segments: modular learning and project-based learning. In the modular learning hours, community leaders teach on various aspects of leadership development and ministry planning skills. The topics change each semester, depending on specialization focus. In the second segment of the course, students work in small groups with project mentors to address a real challenge or program development need presented by a hosting partner from the community. Students present a pastoral program proposal, or project report to host partners, mentors and director.
This required class should be taken in the final year of studies for both M.Div. and M.A. students. Students have the option of taking the course more than once according to student training needs.
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