Urban Practitioners Cohort
The Urban Practitioners Cohort is a program of the Urban Ministry Initiatives and is administered by Continuing Education. The goal of the Urban Practitioners Cohort (UPC) is to enhance the preparation of the participants in sustaining effective ministry in an urbanized world. This eight-week pilot includes in-person classes and spiritual direction at Princeton Seminary and at area churches; a six-week online book talk; vocational sponsorship and coaching; and an ending Sabbath retreat. The first pilot cohort will take place from April – June 2018. The Urban MInistry Initiatives is a partnership between Multicultural Relations, Field Education, and Continuing Education.
Projected plan of interactive learning
April 26: Orientation
Opening Celebration & Lecture
May 1: Webinar
May 3: Leadership and Practice in the Beloved Community
May 8: Webinar
May 10: New Realities: Complex Urban Environments
May 15: Webinar
May 17: Incarnation and Mission Among the World’s Urban Poor: Food Sovereignty
May 22: Webinar
May 24: Organizing Urban Communities: Elements of Transformative Ministry
May 29: Webinar
May 31: Transforming the City: Scripture and Theology
June 5: Webinar
June 7: Migration, Race and Global Cultural Dimensions; Preaching Reality
June 14-16: Urban Ministry Retreat
UPC will gather twice a week at PTS, area churches and community organizations, and online. Sessions will be taught by Seminary faculty and urban ministry leaders.
During each in-person session, UPC will examine actual practices of Sabbath-keeping and renewal. With the assistance of Spiritual Directors and trained pastoral counselors, small group, and individual sessions are organized for self-reflection and fortifying coping skills to engage the changing pressures of ministry in an urban setting.
A distinct aspect of this program is personal support offered to UPC. This support will be provided through five cohort mentors who will each support two urban practitioners. Cohort mentors will guide their two mentees in maintaining a contextual and global focus on their urban ministry ideas. Mentors will also assist mentees in clarifying their research questions. Moreover, each mentor will be asked to attend the pedagogical sessions with their mentees. As a result, mentors will be tasked with facilitating integrative discussion and learning with their mentees, using content from the pedagogical sessions and their ministry experiences, as a means to supporting and improving their mentees’ research and ministry practice.
Through a cohort-based model of learning, 10-15 participants in the Trenton-Mercer County and Northeast Regional area will need to articulate why their participation in the Urban Practitioners Cohort is relevant to their work, ministry, and/or vocation through an application process.
Prospective participants will include:
Area ministers (including ordained or non-ordained clergy, chaplains, lay leaders working in areas of social justice or urban ministry)
Community leaders (including field education supervisors, educators, community organizers)
The first cohort will be by invitation. It will serve as a pilot endeavor. Prospective participants will be recommended by the Urban Ministry Initiatives Cabinet. This first cohort is targeted to begin in April 2018 and run through June 2018. The application fee is $25. If a candidate is admitted, this fee will go toward the $300 program fee.
Please contact Sushama Austin-Connor, Program Administrator, at 609-497-7877 for more information about eligilbility.