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Urban Ministries

Urban Ministry Program

Making Disciples who Make Disciples in the Urban Context

The Urban Ministry Program is a training program to equip people to make disciples who make disciples in the urban context. Urban communities vary from council estates, to cities, and increasingly consist of a variety of classes and ethnicities.


People want to be better equipped for making disciples in urban areas, but are often met with the following challenges:

  1. Most courses in the UK are written from a white middle class perspective. These don’t always translate well in our urban communities, where white middle class is not the majority culture.
  2. A lot of us involved in urban ministry cannot afford training.
  3. Going away to seminary, removes us from our neighbourhoods and churches, and often even changes our culture, in a way that makes it harder to reach our communities (we lose missionary power).

The UMP is designed to be affordable, local, and specifically tailored for urban ministry. There are 5 levels to the program:

Urban Ministries Program Group Photo

Class of 2013

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.

Level 1: Free online training videos

Biblical Theology Systematic Theology/Discipleship Exegesis
Teaching the Bible Urban Mission Greek for the Street

UMP Workbooks as well as Discipleship, Music and Worship resources can be ordered online via our Order page

Level 2: Facebook group

This is a closed group, which is open to anyone who has ordered and used Urban Ministries resources. Here we discuss anything to do with urban mission, particularly how to apply what we have learned on the Urban Ministry Program. If you haven’t yet received an invitation to join this group, but have used UM resources before, please contact us.

Level 3: Webinars

Duncan teaches these interactively, so that you feel that you are in a room with others, rather than staring at a video. Students are free to ask questions throughout, and often get asked questions themselves. Its encouraging to meet other people in urban ministry through the webinars. The sessions are recorded, and each member of the webinar gets a copy at the end the session so that they can rewind anything they weren’t clear on.

Exegesis pt 1 webinar course consists of 4 x 90min interactive sessions (1 evening a week). The material is an updated and improved version of lessons 1-7 of the Exegesis module. Each session is 90min long, and has optional homework each week. Please contact us if you are interested in this webinar.

Teaching the Bible webinar consists of 5 x 90min interactive sessions (1 evening a week). This webinar is presently the only way to access this material. Please contact us if you are interested in this webinar.

We are running this webinar in June 2019, please find more details here.

Level 4: Coaching

Duncan can provide the following coaching in your preaching.

  1. Help preparing a sermon/evangelistic talk. This can be done through a mixture of video conferencing, telephone calls and email correspondence. This works best when someone has already done the Teaching the Bible module, and now wants help with how to implement it.
  2. Sermon feedback. After you send in a sermon video or audio for Duncan to analyze and give feedback through one to one video conferencing.

Please contact us if you would like to use this service.

Level 5: Training Days

These are one off events, where we meet up, have some fellowship, and study a topic together. Training days will be announced here, and via email, and on Duncan’s blog.

Level 6: UMP Lite

Cut down version of the UMP in webinar format. Our second cohort starts in September 2021 for 1 evening a month, for 7 months. Please watch the video here, and feel free to contact us for more information.




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

Everyone can Benefit from Council Estate Discipleship
The Urban Ministry Program


The Gospel Partnership