The master’s program, “Mission in the Modern City,” is intended to help students more deeply understand the Great Commission, applying it as a tool to spread the love and teaching of Christ, and make use of a holistic approach to mission in the context of the modern city. Students will receive the knowledge and skills needed to serve various demographic groups that need to hear the Gospel. Students also build strong relationships with existing churches, take part in planting new churches, and work toward the transformation of society in the light of the values of Jesus Christ.
Vision and Structure of the Program
Graduates of the master’s program, “Mission in the Modern City,” will be known for their love for Christ and their passion for their city. They will be pastors and leaders of influential churches and ministries. They will have significant influence in their communities, among other pastors and ministry leaders, and among city leaders and government officials. Graduates will be known for their creativity, organizational ability and perseverance in holistic mission among the under-resourced, among different ethnic and immigrant groups, and in influential cultural centers. They will reach the unreached among all strata of society, from the high and powerful to the low and forsaken.
UETS has constructed a laboratory of learning about mission and ministry in the urban contexts of Eurasia and around the world. It welcomes cooperation by inviting foreign experts, local pastors and missiologists to come and prepare students for effective ministry based on biblical truths and values.
In addition to giving a solid biblical and theological foundation for urban ministry, the faculty assign practical ministry tasks to students, including researching the needs of one’s own city and the possibilities for church ministry. Students are given instruments for developing already existing ministries and for establishing new churches in new places. Students can discuss various issues with their teachers and with national pastors, sharing in the process of seeking new and more effective kinds of urban ministry. This program aims toward continual transformation, aiming to better minister to the changing needs of the city.
The master’s program, “Mission in the Modern City,” is working towards accreditation by the EEAA (the European Evangelical Accreditation Association, which accredits Christian higher educational institutions in such countries as Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, etc.).