Urban ministry opportunities are made available through regular courses, special seminars, and campus guests. Ministry in the urban settings occurs in a rich variety of contexts, congregational styles, ministry models, and leadership styles.
Anderson University School of Theology cooperates with a variety of programs which provide exposure to and training for urban ministry:
- Christian Center for Urban Studies in Chicago is a setting for Urban Impact Weekends and offers intensive internships in semester and year-long study.
- Urban Intern Training Program is a supervised in-service pastoral training experience in approved ministry assignments. This may occur as a summer placement or concurrent placement during the school year. Urban Intern Training is sponsored jointly by the Department of Urban Ministries of the Board of Church Extension and Home Missions of the Church of God and Anderson School of Theology. Internships have been conducted in Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, and other urban centers in the United States and around the world.
- Special Assignments in Theological Field Education include national parks ministry, scouting, chaplaincy, Appalachian ministries (with focus on rural ministry), and internships with a focus on the small church.
- Other internship/contextual education opportunities include cross-cultural ministry and research, clinical pastoral internship, internship in educational ministry or internship in worship.
Believing that knowledge is to be tested in experience, internships, practicums, clinical training, workshops, and field education are viewed as essential curricular ingredients.