Regent University School of Divinity

Youth & Urban Renewal Center

Recommended Resources

For those endeavoring to minister to urban youth and families.

Sample Urban-Ministry Focused Course Syllabi

  1. PMIN 585A – Rebuilding the City of God in Urban America
  2. PMIN 575 – Urban Pastoral Leadership: The Urban Church, the Urban Family


Agosto, Efrain, Hall, Douglas, Jackson, Bruce W. and Villafane, Eldin, Seek the Peace of the City: Reflection on Urban Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1995.

Arzola, Fernando Jr, Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Bakke, Ray. The Urban Christian: Effective Ministry in Today's Urban World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1987.

Bakke, Raymond. A Theology As Big As The City. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

Bakke, Raymond & Roberts, Samuel. The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches. Chicago, IL: International Urban Associates, 1998.

Carle, Robert D. & Decaro, Louis A. Jr., eds., Signs of Hope in the City: Ministries of Community Renewal. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1997.

Claerbaut, David. Urban Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1983.

Conn, Harvie M. A Clarified Vision for Urban Mission: Dispelling the Urban Stereotypes. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1987.

Conn, Harvie M. (editor) Planting and Growing Urban Churches: From Dream to Reality Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1997.

Conn, Harvie M., and Ortiz, Manuel, The Kingdom, the City and the People of God: Urban Ministry. InterVarsity Press, 2001.

Daughtry, Herbert D. Sr. Dear 2Pac: Letters to a Son. Long Island City, NY: Seaburn Books, 2001.

Dyson, Michael Eric. Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Edington, Howard. Downtown Church: The Heart of the City. Abington, 1996.

Fay, Marianne. The Urban Poor in Latin America. Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 2005.

Franklin, Robert M., Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.

Fuder, John. A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community. Chicago: Moody, 1999.

Gordon, Wayne L. Real Hope in Chicago. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

Gornik, Mark R. To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City. Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2002.

Green, Clifford J. ed., Churches, Cities, and Human Community: Urban Ministry in the United States 1945-1985. Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1996.

Gruwell, Erin. The Freedom Writer's Diary. Broadway, NY: Broadway Books, 1999.

Harper, Nile. Urban Churches Vital Signs: Beyond Charity Toward Justice. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1999.

Harris, Antipas. For Such a Time as This. Lexington: Emeth, 2010.

Hadaway, C. Kirk and Rose, Larry L. An Urban World: Churches Face the Future.Nashville: Broadman Press, 1984.

Hodge, Daniel White. The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and A Cultural Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010.

Irving A. Spergel. The Youth Gang Problem: A Community Approach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Jackson, Phil and Smith, Efrem. The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting with the Movement Shaping Our Culture. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2005.

Jacobsen, Eric O. Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003.

Keller, Timothy J. Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1989.

Linthicum, Robert C. City of God, City of Satan: A Biblical Theology of the Urban Church Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1991.

Lupton, Robert D. Renewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2005.

Mattison, Booker T. Unsigned Hype. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2009.

Payne, Ruby K., A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: Aha! Process, Inc., 2001.

Perkins, John M. ed. Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together & Doing It Right. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1995.

Perkins, John M. with Kadlecek, Jo. Resurrecting Hope. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1995.

Schaller, Lyle E. Center City Churches: The New Urban Frontier. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993.

Shabecoff, Alice. Rebuilding Our Communities: How Churches Can Provide, Support, and Finance Quality Housing for Low-Income Families. Monrovia, CA: World Vision, Inc., 1992.

Sherman, Amy L. Restorers of Hope: Reaching the Poor in Your Community with Church-based Ministries That Work. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1997.

Stone, Bryan P and Wolfteich, Claire E. Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence: Sabbath in the City. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

Victor N. Claman & David E. Butler with Jessica A. Boyatt. Acting On Your Faith: Congregations Making a Difference. Boston, MA: Insights Inc., 1994.

Wilkerson, David. Cross and the Switchblade 45th annual edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2008.

Winter, Bruce W. Seek the Welfare of the City: Christians as Benefactors and Citizens. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1994.