What is the Urban Mission Center?

The Urban Mission Center is a ministry of The Salvation Army. Our mission is to cultivate missional leaders for the opportunity of the urban millennium.

What is a missional leader?

A missional leader is someone who guides others in discovering and doing their part in God's mission of reconciliation. A few indicators we look for include: an ability to adapt to a changing world, asking God-centered versus church-centered questions, a connection with neighbors that is relational versus transactional, and an understanding of God's mission.

What do you mean by "opportunity of the urban millennium?"

The world moved into the urban millennium around 2009, when over half of the human population lived in cities. This number is projected to grow over the next few decades, reaching as high as 70% of the population. As our cities grow, the opportunity to serve in urban settings will grow. We need to be prepared by having urban leaders who are ready to take on the complexities of city work.

How do you develop missional leaders?

We currently have three main avenues for cultivating missional leaders:

  • Missional Community. Temple Houses is a community of young adults who live, serve, and worship together. We call ourselves Dwellers, and we share life together and with our neighbors.
  • Apprenticeships. We offer an apprenticeship program for young adults looking for a year of training and practice. Our apprentices are also part of the Temple House community.
  • Learning Communities. Our learning communities are for anyone interested in exploring concepts of missional leadership in an urban context.

Where are you located?

Our center isn't necessarily defined by a place, but more as a people. Our Temple House community resides in Benton Park West and our administrative office is located at Nebula Coworking, at the heart of the Cherokee neighborhoods. This allows us the flexibility to move about the city to where we're needed!