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Urban Ministry Program

Making Disciples who Make Disciples in the Urban Context

The Urban Ministry Program aims to fulfil Jesus’ ‘Great Commission’, and help people ‘make disciples who make disciples in the urban context.’ By urban, we mean housing estates and inner city neighborhoods. Urban Ministries has partnered with Oak Hill College to ensure high quality training.



In the last two years we’ve run structured programs for people from London, Brighton, Middlesbrough, Leeds, and Barnsley. To make the course even more accessible, we’re now making the course more accessible with the new UMP Modular scheme.

The UMP can now be taken one module at a time, in any location in the world, at the pace that suits your lifestyle best. Teaching videos and workbooks are provided, but no work needs to be submitted or marked. Ideally, small groups in a church would chose to go through a module together, at a pace that they all agree on. Once they have completed that module, they could then pick another module of their choice.


Urban Ministries Program Group Photo
What kind of training do you need for Urban Ministry?
Gospel centered,
Bible focused,
theologically rigorous,
culturally aware,
church based,
contextualized training,
in an urban environment.


Urban Discipleship part 1:

This module teaches people how to make disciples who make disciples in the urban context. The idea is that you get discipled through this module, and then go on to disciple others. It’s suitable for a range of people, from a reasonably new believer, to a pastor. We go through the Urban Catechism part 1, and teach people how to use this tool to make disciples. We also study a lot of the Systematic Theology behind the Urban Catechism. After doing this module, you should find the following:

  • a. You have been challenged spiritually.
  • b. You have been equipped to take someone else through the catechism.
  • c. You have a deeper knowledge of Systematic Theology.
  • d. You have learned new ways to simply teach difficult spiritual truths.
Years ago, when I set out to plant a church on my estate, someone asked me, “How will you disciple people when they get saved?” “I said, I dunno!" I had no idea, and no converts to disciple. Years later, I saw the need for a system whereby any member of the church was equipped to disciple someone else. I ended up designing the Urban Catechism for this.
Duncan Forbes

Urban Discipleship part 2:

This module takes you through part 2 of the Urban Catechism. This focuses on Jesus being our Lord and Saviour. Firstly we look deeply at our salvation (looking at things like election, and justification). With this rooting in the gospel, we then look closely at God’s moral law, and its implications. After doing this module, you should:
a. Have a deeper appreciation of your salvation.
b. Have a better understanding of the practical implications of God’s moral law.
c. Have thought through which areas of life you are not treating Jesus as Lord.
d. Be equipped to disciple others in the above areas.

We’ve actually changed this module around to be more gospel centred We used to look at the law first, and then the order of salvation. Now we look at our salvation first, so that we are better equipped to look at the law afterwards.
Duncan Forbes

Biblical Theology:

This module teaches you the discipline of Biblical Theology – which is a term for following themes throughout the whole Bible. At the end of this module you should be able to:

  • a. Pick any story in the Old Testament, and work out how it points to Jesus.
  • b. Pick a theme in the Bible, and follow that theme throughout the whole of the Bible.
  • c. Understand the Bible as one big story, incorporating lots of smaller stories.
  • d. Be able to test statements people make about God, and see if they are consistent with how God has acted throughout history.
‘For years I didn’t really understand how the Old Testament fitted together. I didn’t know what the exile was, and I didn’t know what the story of David and Goliath had to do with Jesus. Years, later, I learned these things, and learned that ‘Biblical Theology’ teaches us that all these stories point to Jesus. But I still didn’t know how to do Biblical Theology myself on any Bible story that I came across. I wrote the UMP Biblical Theology module, to help people to be able to do this themselves.’
Duncan Forbes

Handling the Bible:

This modules teaches us how to understand what the Bible meant to its original readers. We look at the different genres of the Bible, and learn how to interpret them. We then move onto how to teach the Bible in a way that reaches people’s hearts.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • a. Work out how to apply a Bible text to people’s hearts.
  • b. Correctly handle the Bible, teaching what the text meant back then, and what it means to us today.
  • c. Communicate complex truths in a simple way.
‘Years ago, we were reaching out to the youth on our estate with rap music and Bible studies. Then when they went to churches in the posher surrounding areas, they couldn’t understand the sermons there. I’ve developed a system, that teaches people how to clearly teach the Bible in deprived areas.’
Duncan Forbes

Urban Mission:

We start this module by following the theme of mission throughout the Bible. We highlight certain themes, that show us how we should do mission. Then we look at urban culture, and cross cultural missionary principles. Finally, the student uses what they have learned to come up with a mission strategy for their own neighbourhood or ministry. By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • a. Review how you are presently doing mission, and identify any gaps.
  • b. Come up with a comprehensive strategy for mission in any area, whether it be youth-work, music ministry, mercy ministry.

*Students need to have done the Biblical Theology module before doing the Urban Mission module.

‘There is an increasing number of people wanting to do mission in urban areas. The big question is, ‘How should we do mission in the urban context?’
Duncan Forbes

If you are interested in this course then please contact us. We also have sample packs that we can send you so that you can try out the course without any obligation.




Check out some of our recent articles on The Gospel Partnership website:

Everyone can Benefit from Council Estate Discipleship
The Urban Ministry Program


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