Urban Initiatives Vision and Strategy

Urban Initiatives Vision and Strategy

Vision

We commit ourselves to being an Initiative that . . .

Expand

Expand the presence of black students in Denver Seminary degree programs.

Enhance

Enhance the overall experience of black students through support activities and services.

Extend

Extend the educational resources of Denver Seminary into Denver’s urban communities.

Strategy

Our strategy to accomplish our vision includes the following.

Expand

Foster intentional relationship building with pastors and church leaders in the urban context by…

1. “The Gathering”

Hosting an annual Gathering leadership conference in the first week of October of every year.

Note: The objective of the leadership conference is to gather pastors and ministry leaders in the urban context to equip them in a contextualized manner by exposing them to current ministry trends.

2. DSIMS Leadership Intensive

Host two leadership intensives as follow up to the Gathering that reinforces and provides practical ways to implement the principles taught at the Gathering.

The goal of the Gathering, and the leadership intensive is to create a pathway to expand the presence of black students in Denver Seminary degree programs.

Enhance

Inaugurate a Black Student Fellowship (BSF) on the seminary campus.

BSF is a student led and governed body of black students that exists to enhance the overall experience of black students through support activities and services on the seminary campus.

Extend

Create and launch the Denver Seminary Institute of Ministerial Studies (DSIMS) whose goal is to extend the educational resources of Denver Seminary into the communities and churches of black students in an urban context.

DSIMS offers two programs:

1. Graduate Certificate in Theology (Appendix A)

Note: Participation in this program requires acceptance into a Denver Seminary degree program or can be taken for non-credit.

All classes are taught by Denver Seminary’s professors, are fully accredited by ATS, and are conducted cohort style for the duration of the program in the local church in Denver.

2. Certificate of Completion in Lay Ministry Training (MIT) (Appendix B)

Note: Those not meeting entrance requirements for the Graduate Certificate are referred to MIT Program.

The MIT program is taught cohort style by Denver Seminary adjunct professors, and is designed to equip leaders in the urban context for effective ministry. Upon completion, graduates can apply through the UDE path to the graduate certificate program mentioned above (#1).

The objective of this strategy is to create a pathway from the suburban to the urban making a seminary education more obtainable to those in the urban context, resulting in Denver Seminary becoming Denver’s Seminary.