ELD3310EN - Theology and Practice of Urban Youth Mission

Course description

This course, by examining the realities of growing up urban through the lenses of mission, divine image, leadership and God’s Kingdom, will formulate a theological basis for youth engagement and identify its practical implications for urban youth ministry.

How this course benefits students

People engaged in or seeking to enter urban youth ministry need tangible models and a solid biblical basis for urban youth development. This course will help students establish a framework out of which they can pursue a transformational ministry among the youth they serve/plan to serve.

Why this course is important

Transformational Discipleship, as a missional approach to urban youth discipleship, is new to the urban ministry scene. Its focus on youth leadership multiplication at the grass-root level addresses a significant need in city-centers across the country.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Emerging Leadership
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Kieran Kehlor, Professor of Urban Youth Ministries

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Transformational Discipleship approach to urban youth ministry is in large a call to reexamine urban youth ministry and rediscover a more biblical approach to urban youth ministry.

Missionally driven

Mission must be the driving force behind the Transformational Discipleship approach to urban youth discipleship.

Contextually informed

A Transformational Discipleship ministry demands the contextualization of biblical truth to urban youth and the urban context.

Interculturally focused

Transformational Discipleship is interculturally focused in that leaders must develop the capacity to see the world through the eyes of others: urban youth, the underclass community, and most importantly God Himself.

Practically minded

Transformational Discipleship was birthed in the urban community and is designed for practitioners serving youth at the grass-root level.

Experientially transformed

The primary result of a Transformational Discipleship ministry is change: the transformation of young lives in the city.