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Urban Ministry Concentration

Be light and life as you pastor in the inner-city.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Ministry, Urban Ministry Concentration

MVNU’s Christian Ministry major with a concentration in Urban Ministry will give you the foundation needed to provide pastoral care and leadership within an urban context. Students in this program will receive the biblical, theological, and pastoral education provided by the Christian Ministry major, but will also gain the tools to apply it to the specific needs of the city. Students in this major will be prepared to serve as pastors and leaders who not only have a heart for the city, but also understand what ministry in the city needs to be.

MVNU faculty are not only qualified academically, but also bring ministry experience to the classroom. With a variety of backgrounds in different ministry roles, and current ministry involvement, the faculty are well prepared to apply the principles of ministry in a relevant and practical way.

Practical ministry experience is a part of the program at MVNU. What you learn in the classroom will be applied in the context of a local church or ministry. Beyond the required practical experience, many internships and service possibilities are available for additional practical experience. Christian Ministry majors from MVNU are readily able to find placement in ministry positions and are serving in those roles successfully.


Explore a deep and wide ministry curriculum, designed to help navigate the unique challenges that come with pastoring in an urban environment.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


The School of Theology and Philosophy offers annual opportunities to travel to countries significant to the Christian faith. Our most recent trips include:

2015 — Turkey and Greece, where students walked in the footsteps of Paul and visited the locations where many of the New Testament and early church events took place.

2016, 2019 — Israel and Jordan, where students walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the prophets. They saw for themselves the lands where their favorite Bible stories took place and experienced the culture and history of these important places.

2017 — Germany and Switzerland, where we walked in the footsteps of the Reformers and saw the places where Western tradition was deeply shaped.

Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

There are over 30 endowed scholarships for students in the School of Christian Ministry with a call to ministry.

A Nazarene Ministerial Scholarship Program in which Nazarene ministry students can participate during their four years.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.


The Christian Ministry major with a concentration in Urban Ministry will provide excellent preparation for those intending to serve as pastors, pastoral staff, or church planters in an urban setting. The program also provides an excellent foundation for those intending to pursue further education in seminary or other graduate school.


Spread the gospel to mor people in more places by planting churches.


Walk alongside local churches in their efforts to meet the needs of children, families, and communities.


Lead humanitarian efforts and projects for organizations interested in the common good.

Non-profit worker

Hyson Campus Center

The School of Christian Ministry is located on the second floor of Hyson Campus Center — a centralized hub that merges academics and campus life.

The first floor of Hyson Campus Center is home to the dining commons, President's Dining Room, The Recreation Equipment Center (The REC), Student Government Association, and the new student union.

On the second floor you will find the offices of Campus Ministries, Student Life, Counseling, Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Center for Global Engagement, the School of Christian Ministry, and the Education Department. Campus-wide activities such as Global Spotlights (pictured) take place in the lobby. Classrooms are found on both the second and third floors.

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