UMS5200 Urban Theology: Space, Place & the City

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Sean Benesh

Course Description:

This course will uncover a theology of the city that gives Christians a rationale and biblical understanding of the meaning and purpose of cities. We will delve into the parameters of the gospel, the role of common grace in the city, and the church’s involvement in shaping urban form.

How This Course Benefits Students:

For many entering into fields ranging from urban planning to architecture to church planting to community development arises the need to have a more robust theological understanding of the city. This framework guides both professionals and ministry leaders alike. Many people today live, serve, and work in the city but fail to make the connection with God’s plans and purposes in the city nor a biblical understanding of them. This course is a rudder to guide students along regardless of what their career path is.

Why This Course Is Important:

The city is unequivocally the focal point for mission. Unfortunately many ministry leaders, pastors, and missionaries don’t even have a theological framework for the city nor an understanding of God’s purposes for the city and the role of the church within. This course is foundational for healthy missional engagement within the city.