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Urban Pastoral Ministry Program

City Mission

Boston, MA

Program Description

The Urban Pastoral Ministry Program (UPMP) addresses rising urban challenges, such as poverty, racism, inequality, and violence, and the unique requirements of ministry in an urban congregation by testing a new model for training and engaging the next generation of pastors as leaders in promoting community change and social justice.

UPMP undertakes to prepare a cohort (hereafter referred to as Residents) of four recent (3 years or fewer) seminary graduates for urban ministry through a two-year, intensive, supervised immersion experience. The UPMP’s goals:

  • Support Residents with mentoring by experienced pastors who are leaders in their communities and across Boston.
  • Assist Residents in developing a practice-centered theology of pastoral ministry in an urban setting.
  • Train Residents for engagement in the public square and for building congregational capacity for community engagement and advocacy.
  • Expose Residents to the study of the evolving relationship between the church and its urban surroundings.

Residents will gain experience in urban ministry and the skills to develop and lead thriving urban congregations. They will serve as active ministerial staff, one assigned to each of the UPMP’s four partner churches, all well-established congregations in Boston:

  • Old South Church in Boston, UCC
  • Bethel A.M.E Church, Jamaica Plain
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston (PC (USA))
  • First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain (ABCUSA and Alliance of Baptists)

Position Summary

The Resident position is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Residents serve as member of the pastoral staff at their assigned church (2/3 time) and City Mission staff (1/3 time). While UPMP considers this an ordainable call, this will depend on the requirements of your denomination. City Mission and host congregations will assist Residents in the process in their denomination, where feasible and appropriate.

Residents report to City Mission’s Director of Urban Ministry and the senior pastor of their assigned congregation.

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