Message from the Boston Dean


In the Gordon-Conwell tradition of delivering premium theological education in the City of Boston, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) offers “contextualized” premium theological education for churches, para-churches, and other ministry leaders poised and engaged to address issues such as poverty, social justice, human trafficking and chronic diseases in the urban world.  According to the demands on the 21st century urban church, CUME intentionally grounds its approach and methods for the explicit purpose of empowering and equipping ministry practitioners to take a mending Gospel to a torn and divided urban world.

Our approach can be characterized as relevant, accessible and global.  We strive to train and equip leaders to think critically while using best practices to develop compassionate and holistic methods for effective Christian ministry.  Our desire is to provide exciting seminary training opportunities for a wide range of ministry practitioners through multiple delivery systems and formats based upon the adult learner’s lifestyle.  Emerging and promising Christian leaders participating in the ‘CUME experience’ will find that they can develop core competencies in the classical theological disciplines (Theology, Church History and Biblical Studies) as well as other urban-specific areas of Christian ministry training (e.g., community development, disaster relief, church mobilization and urban discipleship) using individualized and community-based frameworks.

We are aware of the global implications for ministry preparedness and are continually developing our skill- and capacity-building foci to reflect spiritual and practical competencies needed for taking on an unlimited range of social, cultural and political challenges in Christian ministry.  I look forward to your inquiries as you consider pursuing theological education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Boston at the Center for Urban Ministerial Education.

Mark G. Harden
, PhD.
Campus Dean