Urban Studies: Ministries at a glance
North Central’s Urban Studies: Ministries will prepare you to work in church-based service programs, lead congregations, and serve in pastoral roles in urban communities. Through courses taught by experienced, passionate professors, you’ll gain the practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and hands-on experience you need to lead diverse urban congregations and make a big difference in your community through service and outreach. You’ll also meet the academic requirements to pursue a License to Preach in the Assemblies of God
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Urban Studies: Ministries, you’ll be prepared to:
- Lead congregations in urban areas
- Communicate effectively across cultures
- Identify attitudes and patterns that have marginalized people, including racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and classism
- Apply the Gospel to contemporary issues of injustice, such as human trafficking, homelessness, and poverty
- Understand the dynamics of diverse urban communities
- Address critical issues faced by residents of urban communities
- Plan, develop, and lead urban programs, relief organizations, and ministries
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Lead pastor
- Program coordinator
- Community organizer
- Outreach coordinator
- Public policy researcher
- Urban planner
- Volunteer coordinator
The Urban Studies: Ministries will prepare you with the academic requirements you need to pursue a License to Preach in the Assemblies of God.
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Alcohol & Drug Counseling
- Business Administration
- Campus Missions
- Children & Family Ministries
- Intercultural Studies
- International Development
- Leadership Development
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Jason Bachman '97
"I work with multiple cities, helping them to reach their communities through Convoy of Hope Community Events. These events are catalytic moments for churches to use in building bridges of compassion to their city. My Urban Seminar class gave me a great context for seeing urban ministry in action."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Urban Studies: Ministries degree.
Meet one of your professors
Center for Youth & Leadership
Anna Marie Young
Assistant Professor, Youth and Community Development
Professor Young brings more than 30 years of experience in teaching and youth ministry to North Central. A licensed evangelist, Young has served at Teen Challenge, Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, and various women’s shelters throughout the Twin Cities. She is committed to training leaders who serve and empower others in the church and throughout the world.
WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?
Promotion of positive youth development & leadership, program development and implementation, community organizing, planning and development
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?
I love teaching at NCU because, for me, it is the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. That is the bottom line: It is critical we change this world, and this is the way I am choosing to do it. Teaching permits me to work on hearts and minds, to guide young adults in becoming empowered, literate, involved, inspired, enlightened Christian human beings who want to link up in this effort to change the world.
I’ve seen it occur. I am seeing students discover their abilities and passions and becoming world-changers. That is why love to teach at NCU.
I also love to teach at NCU because it allows me the honor to work with an excellent team of Christians to ensure not one brilliant student is lost.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES TO TEACH?
I enjoy teaching all my classes.