About the Congress on Urban Ministry

The 2011 Congress will EQUIP you to:

  • FIGHT the systems that create poverty
  • CONFRONT violence with the GOSPEL
  • Develop ways to STRENGTHEN urban families
  • Give and receive care and support for your CALLING
  • EMPOWER urban ministers for their work
  • Strategize for the FUTURE of churches and cities
  • Find PARTNERS and MENTORS for your ministry
  • REJOICE in what GOD has done in the city

The Congress on Urban Ministry is a biennial event organized by SCUPE in partnership with organizations, agencies, and denominations doing urban ministry. Over its 30 year history the Congress has proven itself as a premier, international gathering of hundreds of pastors, practitioners, academicians, students and people with a passion for social justice who come together to take part in educating, celebrating, and collaborating towards Godís reign in our cities. This diverse group of participants is committed to finding creative ways to prepare and resource individuals so that their ministries may better confront the issues and needs of their communities.

The upcoming Congress is scheduled for March 1 – 4, 2011 at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago, IL . Christians engaged in and passionate about transformational urban ministry who attend will find this event to be the single most inclusive gathering of resources for ministry in the city.

The Congress will host a truly incredible list of nationally renowned speakers as well various networking events, evening worship, site visits, and social actions that put theory into practice. There will also be opportunities for attendees to participate in art, prayer, concerts, and informal discussions with the presenters and the grassroots practitioners who make a real impact in their communities everyday.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be challenged and inspired from nearly 50 workshops focusing on such topics as: asset-based community development, resisting economic violence, peacemaking with urban youth, restoring urban communities, faith-based public policy advocacy, urban &suburban partnerships, time-banking, immigration theology, hip-hop as a theological paradigm, and ecological peacemaking.

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