Toward the Development of Adequate Training Programs for Urban Ministry

Volume
Volume 6
Issue
Fall 1978
Title
Toward the Development of Adequate Training Programs for Urban Ministry
Abstract

The focus of this article is to address issues, which are generally not a part of training programs preparing persons for urban ministry. The failure of many social programs in the sixties can be contributed in part to these oversights. Specifically, the following three areas have been neglected: (a) the lack of understanding of the role and the nature of power relationships in the plight of the urban poor. Most training programs for urban ministry do not provide students with a theory and/or understanding of power, which is theologically, psychologically, and politically sound. (b) Our current training models for urban ministry do not produce graduates who are anthropologically sophisticated. (c) Adequate training programs for urban ministry must de-emphasize the primary focus on the psychological and social pathologies of groups in the urban communities. We must train our students to be sensitive to the pockets of strength and health that exist in so-called ghettoes.

Author
Dr. R. Steele
Pages
291 - 297
Price
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