Honours Major
Urban Ministry
Program Intro

What role does serving our neighbour play in Christian ministry?

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In an increasingly globalized world, it is imperative to develop the capacity to learn from, work with and appreciate different cultures and perspectives. In Redeemer's Urban Ministry program, you will be confronted with both intercultural and urban contexts, learning what it means to announce, demonstrate, and embody the good news of the Kingdom of God, resulting in the transformation and flourishing of communities.

Urban Ministry is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as an honours major.

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Right from the start, you're learning to understand your own cultural formation and how it can both help and hinder meaningful ministry.

First-year courses provide a broad overview of topics that are critical to ministry and Christian faith, including a foundational understanding of the Bible. Gain an awareness, as well as the necessary tools, to serve effectively in churches, ministries, and community organizations. Class discussions, lead by dedicated and experienced professors, give the opportunity to understand worldview from the perspective of other denominational and cultural backgrounds.

Urban Ministry The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Pastors provide better care when they understand the diverse stories and histories of people.
  • Theologians can share their perspectives more persuasively when they know how to write well.
  • Ministry directors who are financially literate can create and lead sustainable ministries.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

Create a strong foundation for ministry in courses like Spiritual Formation for Ministry, while also grounding yourself in our cultural context in courses like Gospel, Church and Culture. Equip yourself with the tools for effective ministry with courses focusing on practical skills like Foundations of Evangelism and Discipleship.

Beyond the Classroom

In the senior-level Poverty and Urban Development Design Project course, students are given the tools to design projects that will contribute to the well-being of the community from a uniquely Christian perspective with the opportunity to participate in existing community projects.

Explore the benefits of Experiential Learning
After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s urban ministry program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Bill Dejong '93

is a pastor at Blessings Christian Church where he seeks to be missional in every aspect of his Hamilton ministry. By encouraging the church to get involved in many organizations around Hamilton, the church has become invested in the welfare of the city.

Graham Cubitt '01

is the director of projects and development for Indwell, a Christian charity based in Hamilton, ON which works to create affordable housing communities for people seeking health, wellness and belonging.

Religion and Theology
Find out where a degree in Urban Ministry takes you!
Redeemer’s Urban Ministry Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Activities coordinator
  • Clergy
  • Children’s director
  • Community development worker
  • Ministry coordinator
  • Missionary
  • Outreach worker
  • Relief worker
  • Student development staff
  • Urban ministry
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Archaeologist
  • Christian nonprofit director
  • Counsellor
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Lead pastor
  • Mediator
  • Police officer
  • Professor
  • Social worker
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Archivist
  • Charity fundraiser
  • Ecumenical relations officer
  • Editor
  • Historian
  • Humanitarian worker
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Writer
Technical skills:
  • Analyzing and applying biblical, theological and doctrinal principles
  • Analyzing complex spiritual issues
  • Applying spiritual truths to current life issues
  • Appreciating human, spiritual and social needs
  • Understanding the historical and cultural context of Biblical events
Transferable skills:
  • Anticipating and understanding the views and concerns of others
  • Articulating and listening objectively
  • Building and defending views on competing positions
  • Clearly expressing ideas
  • Communication skills (oral and written)
  • Curiosity about people and world cultures
  • Making critical observations, evaluations and appropriate decisions
  • Organizing, conducting and explaining research
  • Showing sensitivity to and compassion for others
  • Synthesizing perceptions
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the Religion and Theology field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Canadian Council of Christian Charities
  • Canadian Council of Churches
  • Canadian Theological Society
  • Canadian-American Theology Association
  • Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
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Urban Ministry
Redeemer’s Urban Ministry Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Urban ministry leaders
  • Pastors
  • Church leaders in urban centres
  • NGO staffers
  • Relief workers
  • Government agency professionals
  • Missionaries
Alumni can do further
studies to earn...
  • MA in Community Development
  • MA in Religion and Culture
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • MA in Christian Leadership
  • MA in Christian Education
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Want to know more about Redeemer’s Urban Ministry program?
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