Urban Missiology

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Urban Missiology


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 42 MinutesTime Required: 34 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


The large cities of the world present enormous challenges and opportunities to the church of Christ. The purpose of this course is to develop a relevant evangelical practice for the church within the urban context, understood as contextual, or local theology. This course will expose the student to various dimensions of post-modernity as examined by several contemporary authors. The goal of the course is to help learners develop pertinent theological, missiological, and strategic initiatives for urban settings that can be applied to their own ministry.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorGordon T. Smith, PhD
  • Loyola School of Theology, the Ateneo de Manila University, PhD
  • Canadian Theological Seminary, MDiv


  1. Know the primary resources for urban ministry.
  2. State the premises of contextual urban missiology.
  3. Identify the principle hermeneutical debates concerning urban missions over the past 50 years and summarize the emerging paradigms.
  4. Evaluate the issues of postmodernity as they relate to urban ministry.
  5. Articulate and assess a relevant urban spirituality for life and the community of faith in light of the information gained from the course.


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