171 Urban Ministry Resources Including Links, Annotations, and Contact Information

This is a work in progress (as you can tell by the formatting). It is an attempt to catalog inner city ministries and Christian urban outreach programs across the United States. Each resource has a link, an annotation, and a contact. They are sorted by city and state and then by category. I put this together a couple of years ago as a student at HUGSR in the Urban ministry class so this is pre-Katrina (sorry John!…I will get to that eventually) and needs a lot of updating. Let me know if there is anything you would add or if any of the links get broken. This is the third of my wordpress pages I am converting to posts so that the information can be better disseminated.

Please comment with relevant links of related ministries and resources you know of.

Urban Churches and Community Outreach Programs:

ALABAMA

Huntsville:
Inner City Church of Christ (Branch of Mayfair Church of Christ) –www.mayfair.org of http://www.mayfair.org/ministries/inner_city/
This is a church website that provides information on their various ministries. They also have a decent list of Bible links. They lay out their scheduled topics for the preaching year and contact information.
Email

Inner City Ministry of Huntsville – http://innercityministry.org/Huntsville/Index.htm
A very small website that, in a single page, outlines the staff and programs of this ministry, which is basically their service schedule.
Email

Mobile:
Inner City Ministry of Mobile – http://innercityministry.org/Mobile/Index.htm
Another site connected with the Nashville Inner City Church. It is a very small site that provides information on staff members and contacts.
Contact: (251) 432-5734

Montgomery:
Landmark Church of Christ – www.land-mark.org/ministries/innercity.htm

Landmark offers Bible studies to those in inner-city Montgomery 6 days a week. The provide transportation, clothing and relationships to those they come in contact with. They currently have 350 attend weekly.
Email: or by phone – Ken Kilpatrick (334) 277-5800

ARKANSAS

Little Rock:
River City Ministry –http://rivercityministry.org/

They provide health and human services as well as ministry to the poor in Little Rock. They have a medical clinic, pharmacy, eye clinic, and dental clinic. They have a food pantry, clothing, and lunch four days each week.
Email or by phone – (501) 376-6694

Silver City Church of Christ –http://www.silvercitychurch.com/
The Silver City Church has mentoring programs, weekly worship services, a Carnival and Summer camps.
Email or by phone – Greg Sublett (501) 658-8849

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles:
Bel Air Presbyterian Church –http://www.belairpres.org/Outreach/Urban_Ministry/Introduction.html

This ministry is involved in 22 different outreach ministries. They cover everything from Ronald McDonald House to outreach to at-risk teens. See also www.belairpres.org/Outreach/Urban_Ministry/Urban_Ministry.html
Email or by phone – (818) 788-4200, ext. 118

Hilltop Community Church of Christ –http://www.hilltopchurchofchrist.com/

Provides a comprehensive list of their ministries, prayer lists, youth events, and schedule of worship.
Email or by phone – Matthew McMillon (310)322-5757

Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles – http://www.urm.com

They provide education, job training, counseling, legal assistance, recovery programs, transitional housing, medical and dental care, meals, shelter, and clothing to help people have a second chance.
Email or by phone – (213) 347-6300

Beyond Shelter (Homelessness) –www.beyondshelter.org
Dedicated to combating poverty and homelessness. They have a shelter, employment services, housing, neighborhood regeneration, and an Institute for Research, Training, and Technical Assistance that puts on workshops and does consulting work.
Email

World Impact – www.worldimpact.org
Dedicated to bringing the gospel to the inner city all over the U.S. Focuses on indigenous church planting, evangelism, discipleship, schools, and camps. They have other locations in Fresno, CA; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; San Diego, CA; Newark, NJ; Chester, PA; St. Louis, MO; Wichita, KS; and Dallas, TX.
Email

Modesto:
Modesto Gospel Mission – www.homelessmission.org
Provides food, shelter, job skills, help with addictions, parenting, and spiritual guidance. They also have a women’s shelter.
Contact:http://www.homelessmission.org/contactus.phtml

Palo Alto:
Urban Ministry of Palo Alto (Palo Alto Church of Christ) – http://www.pacc.org/ExpectCommunityService.html and http://www.volunteerinfo.org/urbanmin.htm
Provides meals, groceries, employment, and shelter to the homeless and low-income of the city. They also provide gifts to poor children for Christmas. They sponsor the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto that meets the physical needs of the poor in Palo Alto.
Email or by phone – (650) 493-4263

San Diego:
Safe Harbor Church of Christ – http://homestead.juno.com/safeharborrescuemission/adv.html

San Francisco:
Raphael House – http://www.raphaelhouse.org/welcome.html
Shelter for the homeless. They have casework, aftercare, and children’s programs. They provide counseling and education as well as a thrift store.
Email or by phone – (415) 474-4621

Santa Ana:
Orange County Rescue Mission – www.rescuemission.org
Provides shelter for the homeless men and women, family housing, addiction recovery, and medical clinics. They also have a mobile medical unit for those with no insurance and a hunger relief vehicle.
Email or by phone – (888) 946-HOPE (4673)

Santa Maria:
Central Coast Rescue Mission – http://www.erescuemission.org/ccrm/min_ccrm.htm
GED prep, Bible study, helping others help others,
Contact:
ccrm@erescuemission.com

COLORADO

Denver:

Denver Rescue Mission

www.denverrescuemission.org

Has a men’s shelter with over 100 beds, 10 apartments with child care for single mothers, rehabilitation farm, and career training.

Contact:

jadams@denrescue.org

(303) 297-1815

Dry Bones

http://www.drybonesdenver.org/index.htm

Trying to reach, rescue, and reconcile Denver youth. Supported by the Lakewood Church of Christ. They have backpacking in the Rockies, friends/relationships, and generally meeting the children where they are. This even involves occasionally renting a pool hall and having kids play for free.

Contact:

jeff@drybonesdenver.org

CONNECTICUT

Bridgeport:

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

www.bridgeportrescuemission.org

They have a new life program that helps people overcome obstacles such as addiction. They have a homeless shelter, as well as clothes and food donation and distribution.

Contact:

rabbiherb@optonline.net

(203) 333-4087

FLORIDA

Miami:

Orlando:

Inner City Ministry of Orlando

http://innercityministry.org/Orlando/Index.htm

As are all the churches indexed in this website, the information is very sparse. It lists programs – basically bible classes, staff, and contacts.

Contact:

concrdst@bellsouth.net

(407) 366-1676

Orlando Union Rescue Mission

http://www.ourm.org/

Programs are split on gender lines. Men’s programs include: shelter (80 rooms), discipleship and job training. Women and children’s programs include: space for 174 people with an average stay of 8 months. They have a “Victorious Life” program with a goal of bringing people to Jesus.

Contact:

OURMission@ourm.org

(407) 422-4855

Pensacola:

Pensacola Inner City Church of Christ

http://innercityministry.org/Pensacola/Index.htm

They run a Bible school and bus ministry. This site is another branch of the Nashville Inner City Church Website.

Contact:

(850) 455-5426

GEORIGIA

Atlanta:

Atlanta Union Mission

www.aum-atl.org

Website is now down.

HAWAII

Honolulu:

River of Life Mission

www.rolm.org

This website is now down as well.

Contact:

julieohara@yahoo.com

ILLINOIS

Chicago:

Jesus People Short Term Youth Missions

www.missiontrip.net

This site is down.

Contact – jbradley@jpusa.org

Peoria:

Southside Mission

www.southsidemission.org

INDIANA

Indianapolis:

Wheeler Mission Ministries

www.wmm.org

They have a resource center/camp for men struggling with addiction and homelessness. This is called the Hebron Center. They have a women’s shelter with an average night of 75 women there. They also have a Hispanic ministry.

Contact:

wmminindy@aol.com or mikemckenzie@wmm.org

MISSOURI

Kansas City:

Swope Parkway Church of Christ

http://www.swopeparkway.org/

They host a large number of programs: meals on wheels, pantry, transportation, prison ministry, small groups, and substance dependency groups. They also have services on radio and television.

Contact:

http://www.swopeparkway.org/bus.html

Springfield:

Springfield Victory Mission

www.victorymission.com

They have GED training, job training, addiction recovery, homeless shelter, clothing giveaway, shelter for women and children, emergency food and transportation, a thrift store, and a trade school.

Contact:

alytle@victorymission.com

(800) 346-3678

NEW YORK

Beaver Falls:

Word of Grace Outreach

www.word-of-grace.com

Offers a networking service for ministers and ministers across the country. They have a number of small group resources online. They offer mission trips to India, Ukraine, Haiti, Chile, Argentina, New York, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere.

Contact – penn@word-of-grace.com

Briarwood:

Urban Impact Ministry

http://www.urbanimpactny.org

This “is an urban ministry dedicated to helping the unreached people groups of New York City come to Christ. We primarily work with Jews and Muslims, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia.” They have a nice collection of New York related links including city and subway maps, and links to information on Islam.

Contact:

wendy@urbanimpactny.org

Bronx:

Bronx Fellowship of Christ (plant of Manhattan Church of Christ)

http://www.bronxfellowship.org/

They meet the first Sunday of each month in rented space and the rest of the time in house churches. They teach conversational English, Introduction to Christianity, and have a marriage course.

Contact:

info@bronxfellowship.org

(718) 829-7801

Brooklyn:

Metro Ministries – Metro Ministries in Brooklyn, NY is based in the inner city and does Sunday School for over 20,000 kids a week. They also have “Brooklyn Boot Camp” for an intensive urban ministry training.

Manhattan:

Manhattan Church of Christ

www.manhattanchurch.org/min_umc.asp

This is an excellent website that also is host to the Urban Ministry Conference website. They have Spanish ministries, online sermons, small groups, and a number of downloadable files of information or sermons on relevant contemporary issues.

Contact:

(212) 737-4900

tlr@manhattanchurch.org – Thomas Robinson

New York:

Mission New York City

http://www.aletheia.org/mnyc/

Currently down

Camp Shiloh

http://www.shilohnyc.org/

This is a Christian camp that is aimed at inner city youth. They provide mentoring, after school programs, and tutoring. They provide a camp for children 8 to 15.

Contact:

allison@shilohnyc.org

(212) 737-8258

City Harvest

http://www.cityharvest.org/about/annual/agencies.html

They have nearly 800 programs that mainly focusing on bringing hunger relief to the needy of New York. With over 500 weekly donors, they collected over 21 million pounds of food in 2002-2003! They also have a nice information kit with valuable resource and statistics on hunger.

Contact:

pbarrick@cityharvest.org – Patricia Barrick
(917) 351-8700

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey/New York

Metro Soul Urban Outreach Team

http://www.thetruthtree.com/metrosoul/

They have an abundance of free software for ministry. They have information on planting churches in the Northeast United States. They have a “How to” for using census data for ministry. See: http://www.thetruthtree.com/metrosoul/articles/census.htm

Contains Demographics of the Northeast United States as well. They also have a number of articles on church growth and planting.

Contact:

ben@thetruthtree.com – Ben Cheek

Newark:

World Impact

www.worldimpact.org

They focus on church planting and Christian schools. This is part of the world impact churches mentioned above. See: http://www.worldimpact.org/ministries/index.html for a helpful map of their locations, schools and camps.

Contact:

shoernig@worldimpact.org

(316) 681-1317

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte:

Urban Ministry Center

http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/ritilist.html

The have a “Room in the Inn” ministry that encourages churches from many denominations as well as colleges to open their doors to the homeless one night each week. They also teach through art and have worship.

Contact:

dmullennix@urbanministrycenter.org – David Mullennix

(704) 347-0278

OHIO

Cincinnati:

Cincinnati Urban Ministry Outreach

http://www.northeastchurch.com/AboutOurChurch.html

This is a church website that explains their ministries. They have a pantry and prepare holiday baskets. They also have a helpful links page to many popular Christian ministries and “Church of Christ” Universities

Contact:

nechurch@cinci.rr.com

(513) 489-4659

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa:

John 3:16 Mission

http://www.john316mission.org

They have a homeless shelter for men, car donation, crisis intervention for families, food pantry, and free store.

Contact:

dganzert@john316mission.org

(918) 587-1186

OREGON

Portland:

Portland Urban Ministry Project

www.pumpchurch.org

This is a well known urban ministry website in churches of Christ. The site is currently undergoing a bit of construction. They offer church services, Bible clubs, and tutoring. They also have a van ministry, teaching reading, and community meals.

Contact:

team@pumpchurch.org

(503) 528-8158

PENNSYLVANIA

New Castle:

City Rescue Mission

www.cityrescuemission.org

Massive shelter and food services, clothing, counseling, networking, and case management are all offered. They help all from the homeless to victims of natural disaster.

Email:

Philadelphia:

Inner City Missions

www.innercitymissions.org

They are non-profit and faith based. They seek to spread the Gospel and meet people’s needs. They have medical services, crusades, clothing and food ministries, and a sidewalk Sunday school.

Contact:

innercitymissions@comcast.net

(215) 634-6635

Master’s Commission

www.mcbi.edu

This site is currently down.

Contact:

PastorJT@mcbi.edu

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga:

Inner City Ministry of Chattanooga

http://innercityministry.org/Chattanooga/Index.htm

Ministries include: Bible school, Hispanic ministry, tutoring, and chorus.

Contact:

Chattinnercity@mindspring.com

(423) 624-0752

Knoxville:

Farragut Church of Christ

http://farragutchurchofchrist.faithsite.com/default.asp

List themselves as being involved in urban missions but their website does not give any details. See http://farragutchurchofchrist.faithsite.com/content.asp?ListSG=3930 for a bulletin board of Urban ministry activity (currently empty).

Contact:

farrcofc@tds.net

(865) 966-5025

Murfreesboro:

Inner City Ministry of Murfreesboro

http://innercityministry.org/Murfreesboro/Index.htm

Provide Bible school and worship for inner city Murfreesboro.

Contact:

Minnercity@aol.com

(615) 896-4444

Riverdale Church of Christ Inner City Ministry

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/gigtlh/riverdal.htm

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/gigtlh/innercty.htm

This ministry uses buses to take volunteers into the inner city to pick up 2nd – 5th grade children and evangelize them.

Contact:

riverdalechurch@aol.com

Kingwood Heights Church of Christ

http://www.kingwoodheights.org/ministries.php

This ministry is attempting to plant an inner-city church in Murfreesboro. They also provide financial and human resources to the inner-city.

Contact:

(615) 893-8618

Memphis:

Memphis Urban Ministries (MUM)

http://www.memphisurbanministry.com/

This ministry is involved in planting inner-city churches throughout the Memphis metropolitan area. (The website could use to be a bit more detailed). Provides internship positions for those interested in inner-city ministry.

Contact:

(901) 755-6745

Agape Child and Family Services

http://www.agapemeanslove.org

Offers Christian counseling and adoption services. They also have counselors in several area churches. They have parenting classes, support services, and medical/insurance options.

Contact:

debbie.allen@agapemeanslove.org

901-323-3600

Nashville:

Youth Encouragement Services

http://www.youthencouragement.org/home/index.html

This is an outreach ministry to teens in Nashville’s inner-city. They provide a basketball league, tutoring, after-school programs, day care, and a Christmas store.

Contact:

info@youthencouragement.org

(615) 315-5333

Nashville Inner City Ministry

http://nashvilleinnercitymi.tripod.com/

This is a bus ministry that picks up inner-city youth and takes them to their own Bible study/worship. This has developed into the Inner City Church of Christ (listed below). It is also responsible for planting the churches listed above with the www.innercityministry.org web addresses.

Contact:

nashvilleinnercityministry@juno.com

Nashville Inner City Church of Christ

http://innercityministry.org

This is a church with the goal of planting similar churches in inner-city neighborhoods. The attendance is now over 600 (unclear if this is combined across locations or just in Nashville).

Contact:

nashvilleinnercityministry@juno.com

TEXAS

Abilene:

Southern Hills Church of Christ

http://www.southernhillschurch.org/additionalministries.html

This is an off-site urban outreach. This is mainly an outreach to children. They provide transportation, food, and Bible study. The ministers involved are Damon Parker and Brad Carter.

Contact:

shcc@abilene.com

(325) 692-2670

Arlington:

Mission Arlington

www.missionarlington.org

This is an inter-denominational group with 254 house church congregations with a 4000+ attendance.

Ministries: Citizenship classes, G.E.D. classes, Conversational English, job assistance, 12 step recovery program, busing, summer camp, carnivals, scholarships, sports, crisis intervention, dental and medical clinics, eye exams, Bible studies, and internships.

Contact:

See http://www.missionarlington.org/feedback

Beaumont:

Northside Church of Christ

http://www.nscocb.org/Default2.htm

Ministries include literacy programs, tutoring, Bible classes and worship. They provide Bible study tools and online Bible correspondence courses.

Contact:

info@nscocb.org

(409) 833-7706

Dallas:

Dallasindicators.org

http://www.dallasindicators.com/

Dallas life and demographics/statistics

Central Dallas Ministries

http://charityadvantage.com/cdm%2Dhope/homepage.asp

Came as offshoot of Preston Rd. Church of Christ

For a list of ministries, see http://charityadvantage.com/cdm%2Dhope/programs.asp

Contact:

info@cdm-hope.org

(214) 823-8710 x20

Dallas Community Youth Development Program http://www.ccgd.org/cyd.htm

This was developed as a juvenile crime prevention program. They have leadership and skill development programs, service projects, education, and mentoring. They have an extensive list of links to similar agencies.

Contact:

(214) 421-7330

Fort Worth:

Fortress Ministries

www.fortresschurchofchrist.org

This is a church interested in community outreach for inner-city For Worth.

Contact:

info@fortresschurchofchrist.org

(817) 335-1007

Houston:

Bammel Road Church of Christ

www.bammel.org

They have a lot of children’s ministries. They have addiction recovery groups and a Hispanic ministry.

Contact:

questions@bammel.org

Impact Houston Church of Christ

http://www.impacthouston.org/index.html

This church is known as the big inner-city outreach church of Houston. They have a distribution center for food and clothing that is open three days each week.

Contact:

rhowald@ev1.net

(713) 864-5667

Lubbock:

Central Lubbock Church

http://www.centrallubbockchurch.org/

They have the “Inside Out Community Outreach”, which is “a church-based substance abuse, addiction, homeless/hunger relief and HIV prevention ministry.” They have a food pantry and clothes distribution center, HIV testing for at-risk individuals, support groups for people in recovery from drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviors. They also have Imani House Transitional Living Centers for men and women.

Contact:

email @centrallubbockchurch.org

(806) 744-8633

WASHINGTON

Spokane:

Mission Spokane

www.missionspokane.org

They focus on church planting, community transformation, and prayer ministries.

Contact:

info@missionspokane.org

(509) 468-4855

Tacoma:

Tacoma Rescue Mission

www.trm.org

They provide food, shelter, addiction recovery, and other emergency services.

Contact:

dianaj@trm.org – Diana Jeffery

mikel@trm.org – Mike Lonergan

WASHINGTON D.C.

Central Union Mission

www.missiondc.org

They provide shelter, safety, strengthening families, Hispanic ministry, Seniors luncheon, showers, medical and free legal aid, homeless shelters, and a camp retreat. They serve over 180,000 meals each year.

Contact:

info@missiondc.org

(202) 745-7118

WEST VIRGINIA

Huntington:

Huntington City Mission

www.huntingtoncitymission.org

They feed the hungry, offer pastoral care, and clothing giveaways. They provide lodging, counseling, and case management. They have a decent list of links.

Contact:

hcm@wvdsl.net

(304) 523-0293

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee:

Milwaukee Rescue Mission

www.milmission.org

Outreach to homeless men and women and to inner city youth. Help with job skills and placement, tutoring, mentoring, and spiritual development.

Contact:

bterrill@milmission.org

414-344-2211

Urban Economic Development:

The Center for Urban Economic Development – University of Illinois (Chicago)

http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/uicued/

They have a database of full text articles on: Community economic development, workforce development, Neighborhood indicators, Contingent work, labor market trends, and immigrant and labor.

The Center for Urban and Regional Policy – Northeastern University (Boston)

http://www.curp.neu.edu/index.htm

This contains mostly data and data analysis tools for the city of Boston. Citistat is a program that allows one to review all areas of Boston city government. Their staff web page offers a number of course power points that have sociological lectures – http://www.curp.neu.edu/aboutus/staff.htm

A Large list of links – including: Economic data, economic development, education, homelessness, housing, neighborhoods and communities, poverty, public policy and advocacy, sprawl, urban centers (university studies), urban planning, and urban professional organizations. See – http://www.curp.neu.edu/research/urban.htm

Economic Development Handbook

http://www.npcr.org/reports/npcr1062/npcr1062.doc

A Word document Handbook of considerable length and detail. “This study was conducted to identify the neighborhood economic development process for neighborhood members and was funded by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)”

Pew Research Foundation – Urban Development and the Internet

http://www.pewtrusts.com/pdf/vf_pew_internet_city_online.pdf

This site is currently down.

EconData.net

http://www.econdata.net/

They provide over 1000 useful links for socioeconomic data. They have tools for gather data from multiple sets. They rank various metro areas on a number of statistics. They also have projections of economic trends

Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy

http://www.fedstats.gov/

They have clickable maps for state and local data from several federal statistical agencies. It also has links to all the original data sources.

State of the Cities Data Systems, Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://socds.huduser.org/index.html

This comes out of HUD. It is full of economic performance indicators for metro areas. They also have crime and employment statistics.

Economagic.com

http://www.economagic.com/

A source for over 100,000 data sets on state and national employment.

Urban Outreach Programs:

Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environment Development www.picced.org/advocacy/bdghope.htm

This site is currently experiencing problems.

AGRM – Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

www.agrm.org or http://www.iugm.org/

This is an very well done and comprehensive website listing hundreds of Gospel Rescue Missions. They have employment information, statistics, missions, and links to member organizations all over the country. This is a very important tool for urban organizations and networking.

Center for Urban Community Services

http://www.cucs.org/

Focuses on homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. They have transitional housing and links to Housing publications.

Compassion Works (Branch of Compassion International) http://compassionworks.compassion.com/

“Conferences for urban youth workers. Held in March in 2 locations-Philadelphia and Chicago. The main purpose of the conference is to motivate, equip and network urban youth and children’s workers from across the United States.”

Connect for Kids

www.connectforkids.org

This site provides a very wide range of resources concerning juvenile problems, adoption, parenting, and a large range of other topics dealing with children. The goal of the site is to develop better policy concerning children.

Continent of Great Cities

http://198.87.86.46/greatcities/pg.asp

“Continent of Great Cities ministry recruits, trains, and cares for missionary teams that establish churches in Spanish and Portuguese speaking urban centers of South America.” They have a list of targeted cities and large scale church planting efforts.

Contact:

info@greatcities.org

800-524-8437

Faith-Based Community Economic Development

http://www.nubank.com/faithbased/ced.pdf

Produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Public and Community Affairs Department.

Habitat for Humanity International

www.habitat.org

World famous organization that is dedicated to “eliminating poverty housing.”

International Center for Urban Training – City Team Ministries http://www.goshen.net/cityteam/

Involved in inner-city youth work which hosts a center for urban training. The year-long program combines classroom instruction with supervised field experience. Offers a one year program to equip men and women for effective ministry in urban/cross-cultural contexts.” [Site is currently down]

International Mission Board

http://www.imb.org/core/default.asp

This is a group formed by the Southern Baptist Convention. Their goal is to evangelize the world. They have a missionary directory (now accessed through 1-800-866-3621), very helpful maps of various regions of the world in need of the Gospel, and people groups identified that need the Gospel.

Mission Year

http://www.sojourners.com/missionyear/

“Our program is simple. We recruit teams of 5-6 committed Christians to live and work together in a poor urban neighborhood as ‘members’ of an active local church, reaching out to love their neighbors in a variety of practical ways. Besides church participation, our weekly routine is devoted to community service (in schools, hospitals, or other social service agencies) and neighborhood outreach, along with ongoing training, team-building, and personal devotions. Our people work long and hard to strengthen their communities, and to develop the kind of relationships that can change people’s lives forever.”

National Crisis Prevention Institute

http://www.execpc.com/cpi/

“Provides nonviolent crisis intervention training to youth service providers.”

Contact:

cpi@execpc.com

North American Mission Board

http://www.namb.net/

They have a large amount of education resources, computer/clip art, church planting resources, financial information, and a large staff dedicated to church planting and broadcasting resources.

Urban Immersion 2004

seizeit.org

Offers spring break urban mission opportunities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, and Washington D.C.

Contact:

ui@ccci.org

World Vision

http://www.wvi.org/wvi/home.htm

“World Vision is an international Christian relief and development organisation working to promote the well being of all people – especially children. In 2003, World Vision offered material, emotional, social and spiritual support to 100 million people in 99 countries.” They have information on relief efforts, publications, and a large number of relief related links.

Federal Government Programs:

Community Development Financial Institution Fund www.treas.gov/cdfi/overview/index.html

This site is currently down.

Faith-based and Community Initiatives

http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/

This covers everything from abstinence grants, conferences, data collections, and regulations for faith-based initiatives to receive government support.

National Congress for Community Economic Development

www.ncced.org

They have a HUGE number of links national and regional that deal with economic development. They run everything from AmeriCorp to the Prescription Benefit Card Program. For a list of programs, see http://www.ncced.org/programs/index.html

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

www.hud.gov see also www.hud.gov/local for information on specific communities.

This is the place for information and statistics on housing, rent, and many articles on a wide range of housing related subjects.

Demographic Resources:

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Studies

http://www.agrm.org/stats.html

AGRM’s population and demographics page.

American FactFinder

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet

This is a data extraction tool for use on the 1990 and 2000 U.S. census data.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

http://www.bea.doc.gov/

They have income levels by industry even down to the county level. They have regional input-output data and gross state product.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

Statistics on National, State, and Metropolitan employment and unemployment. They also have wages broken down by industry.

Census Scope

http://www.censusscope.org/

This has a large number of trends and population growth statistics. There are also numerous maps and rankings.

Demographics and Census Data

http://www.usg.edu/galileo/internet/census/demograp.html

This site has numerous articles on demographics and population information. There are also census directories and definitions.

HUD USER – Housing and Urban Development – Policy Development and Research Information Service

http://www.huduser.org/

This is a “gateway to current written research and analytic tools produced by and for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R). You can use this online resource to access research reports about housing and community & economic development, datasets that can be used for original research, HUD income limits and fair market rents, and much more.” They also have some very useful reports.

U.S. Census Website

www.census.gov

Home of the U.S. census. They have a population clock (U.S. and world), as well as trends, demographics, and projections. All things dealing with population figures and access tools.

Urban Youth Ministry:

Urban Youth Ministry Information

http://www.iugm.org/youth.html

This is part of the AGRM website. It is full of resources and ideas for working with urban youth. See also http://www.iugm.org/yth-res.html

Contact:

kfischer@cityteam.org

Summer Camps for Inner City Youth

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco:

CityTeam Camp MayMac

www.maymac.org

They serve “disadvantaged and at-risk youth” from the San Francisco area.

Contact:

campmaymac@usa.com

(831) 335-3019

COLORADO

Durango:

Cross Bar X Youth Ranch

http://www.crossbarxcamp.org

This camp is specifically designed to take on low-income and at-risk inner city children.

Contact:

theranch@crossbarx.org

(970) 259-2716

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Riverwoods Christian Center

www.mcs.net/~riverwds/

This site is currently running very slowly or is down.

Contact:

riverwds@mcs.net

Summer in the City

www.hlic.org/seizeit

This is designed to let college students spend their spring break making a difference for those in inner city Chicago.

Contact:

Marc.Henkel@ccci.org

Peoria:

South Side Missions Camp Kearney

http://www.southsidemission.org/ministries/kearney.shtml

This camp is for inner city and foster children.

Contact:

campkearney@juno.com

MICHIGAN

Detroit

Wildwood Ranch

www.wildwoodranch.org

This camp is directed toward inner city children. Over 90% of those attending are on scholarships. They have over 1000 children attend each summer.

Contact:

drmmcamp1@aol.com

Grand Rapids:

Camp Mel-Tro-Mi

www.meltrotter.org/camp.php

This is a camp for all ages. Its goal is to share the Gospel with hurting children and families.

Contact:

(616)454-8249 ext. 248

MISSOURI

Kansas City

City Union Mission/Camp CUMCITO

www.cumission.org

This is a branch of the City Union Mission in Kansas City, MO. This camp is to provide love and discipline for those with no home stability. Follow-ups happen after camp.

Contact:

info@cumission.org

(816) 474-9380

OHIO

Cleveland:

The City Mission Youth Department

www.thecitymission.org

NEW YORK

Buffalo:

Buffalo City Mission, Inc

www.cornerstonemanor.org

They have a shelter for women and children as well as food and clothing. They help with job loss and substance abuse. They also have a summer camp.

Contact:

(716) 852-0761

Syracuse:

Syracuse Rescue Mission

www.rmsyr.org

They have a learning center, career development, vocational training, and work experience. They also have a thrift store and statistical resources.

Contact:

info@rmsyr.org

(315) 472-6251

WASHINGTON D.C.

Camp Bennett

www.missionDC.org

Contact:

CbennettDir@aol.com

Urban Studies Institutions:

For a large list of University Urban Institutions, see http://www.curp.neu.edu/research/urban.htm

That was listed above under URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The Center for Urban and Regional Policy – Northeastern University (Boston)

The Center for Student Missions

www.csm.org

“The Center for Student Missions exists to provide students with an effective urban ministry experience that transforms lives, invluences local churches and honors Christ. Local churches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, childcare facilities and youth facilities are active in the inner city, but they need volunteers to be successful.”

Contact:

info@csm.org

Stadia – New Church Strategies – Christian Church Planting

http://www.stadia.cc/support/

This site helps organize church planters. They have a number of helpful downloadable forms on church planting. They have region specific information on church planting. They also outline the vital steps for planting a church.

HEALTH/ILLNESS

AIDS:

Christian Connections for International Health

http://www.ccih.org/harp/1d.htm

This is from the Christian Connections for International Health website.

ADDICTIONS

Alcoholism:

Alcoholics Victorious (Kansas City, MO)

http://www.alcoholicsvictorious.org/

“Alcoholics Victorious support groups offer a safe environment where recovering people who recognize Jesus Christ as their “Higher Power” gather together and share their experience, strength and hope. Both the 12 Steps and the Alcoholics Victorious Creed are used at most AV meetings.”

Contact:

(816) 471-8020

Alcoholics for Christ (Detroit, MI)

http://www.alcoholicsforchrist.com/

Based out of Detroit, they minister to alcoholics, their families, and children raised by alcoholic parents.

Contact:

al4christ@globalbiz.net

(248) 399 – 9955

Drug Treatment:

Calvary Ranch (Lakeside, CA)

http://www.calvaryranch.org/

Residential Christian Drug treatment facility.

Christians in Recovery (Tequesta, FL)

http://www.christians-in-recovery.com/

Over 2000 pages of helpful information to overcome addiction and maladaptive behaviors. A huge resource of information on drug treatment.

Contact:

See – http://www.christians-in-recovery.org/forms/form.html

GOAL Ministries – Global Outreach for Addiction, Leadership, and Learning (Princeton, NJ)

http://www.goalproject.org/

Helping people overcome addictions with Christian principles. GOAL stands for Global Outreach for Addiction Leadership.

Contact:

mail@goalproject.org

1-888-229-3045

National Association for Christian Recovery (Brea, CA)

http://www.christianrecovery.com/

Have additional recovery ministries linked at – http://www.christianrecovery.com/dox/contact_cri.htm

Contact:

dryan@christianrecovery.com – Dale Ryan

Net Casting Ministries (Statesville, NC)

http://www.netcastingministries.org/

Helps broken families and addictions.

Contact:

ronross@netcastingministries.org – Ron Ross

(704) 872-9769

Overcomers Outreach (Oakhurst, CA)

http://www.overcomersoutreach.org/

12 step program, Christian, deals with addictions

Contact:

info@overcomersoutreach.org

1-800-310-3001

Teen Challenge World Wide Network (Springfield, MO and around the world)

Teen Challenge National Website

Teen Challenge of Southern California

Global Teen Challenge

Drug prevention program for teens. There are multiple site all over the world. See – http://www.teenchallenge.com/index.cfm?directoryID=1&worldID=1

They have drug information and parental resources, as well as residential programs for teen drug recovery.

Contact:

tcusa@teenchallengeusa.com

Sexual addiction:

Heart to Heart Counseling Centers (Colorado Springs, CO)

http://www.sexaddict.com/

Deals with sexual addiction. They have telephone counseling, support groups, information on finding out if your spouse has a sexual addiction, and journal articles.

Contact:

Heart2Heart@XC.Org

Mastering Life Ministries (Jacksonville, FL)

http://www.gospelcom.net/mlm/

Deals with sexual sin and brokenness as well as anger management.

Contact:

Staff@MasteringLife.org

(904) 220-7474

Urban Counseling

Christian Counselors Directory

http://www.fishernet.com/counslng/region.htm

926 Counselors in 636 communities. This is a networking and reference tool.

Turning Point Counseling Center

http://www.hway.net/turnin/

This site is currently down.

Abuse:

CARELINK

http://web2.iadfw.net/carelink/

Offers information for those affected by abortion, rape, incest, and sexual abuse

This site is currently down.

Persevering

http://www.novagate.com/~stranshouse/

For those overcoming sexual abuse

This site is currently down.

Confident Kids Support Groups

http://www.confidentkids.com/

Website for children of dysfunctional homes. They have curriculums, resources, seminars, and directories.

Contact:

CK@confidentkids.com

His Mansion Ministries

http://www.hismansion.com/

Helps dysfunctional Young Adults.

Contact:

personnel@hismansion.com

(603) 464-5555

Homosexuality:

Christianity and Homosexuality – http://www.messiah.edu/hpages/facstaff/chase/h/

Has great links, organizations, and articles on the topic of Christianity and Homosexuality. It has a bibliography, questions and answers, and other links. It is part of the “Gay Change Web Ring” which can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

Exodus International

http://www.exodus-international.org/

Helps people leave the gay lifestyle. Resources for those in the gay lifestyle as well as for ministers who deal with this topic. They have a large array of articles and topics with detailed information.

Contact:

info@exodus-international.org

Other:

Rest Ministries

http://www.ixpres.com/jlcopen

For those with chronic pain

Website is currently down.

Victim to Victor

http://www.vvm.org/

Reconciliation for victims

Website is currently down.

URBAN JOURNALS/CONFERENCES

Urban Mission Journal

http://www.wts.edu/publications/journal/umjindex.htm

Offers a selection of full text articles from the Urban Mission Journal

Urban Ministry Conference

www.urbanconference.org

email umc@manhattanchurch.org for information

Helpful articles with Urban Ministry tools:

http://www.urbanconference.org/articles

Hispanic Urban Ministry Conference

http://www.urbanconference.org/hispanic/index.htm

The Hispanic version of the above Urban Ministry Conference.

URBAN MINISTRY RESOURCES

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

www.lausanne.org

http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/LOP/lop22.htm

This site is dedicated to spreading the gospel all over the world.

Urban Ministry Resource Guide (Emmanuel Gospel Center)

http://www.egc.org/urbanmin/

They have a guide book for urban ministry, pastoral resources, and service opportunities.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions – Computer resources

www.agrm.org In particular – http://www.agrm.org/links/computer.html

This is a page of their online tools for urban ministry. They have an introduction to using computers as tools for urban ministry, a software library, and list serves.

They also have an extensive list of more Urban ministries similar to those listed in this post.

Christ Sites.com

www.Christsites.com

They provide a huge number of links and databases on all things Christian. This covers everything from church history to languages and upcoming concerts.

Urban Cross.com

www.Urbancross.com

They call themselves the “ultimate online Christian search tool”. This site also provides links to a large number of Christian resources.

Poverty and Homelessness

American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

http://www.abanet.org/homeless/home.html

This is the Bar Associations Commission/Conference on Homelessness.

Homeless Online

http://www.homeless.org/do/Home

This is a not for profit organization that also serves a few other interests. They are non-religious.

Homelessness Information from the AGRM

http://www.iugm.org/homeless.html

This page has a large number of articles on all facets of homelessness. It also contains statistical information on homelessness.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

http://www.naeh.org/

This is an effort to mobilize the private sector to bring an end to homelessness. They have a 10 year plan and a tool kit of information to prevent and end homelessness.

National Resource Center for Homelessness and Mental Illness – www.nrchmi.samhsa.gov

They have statistics on homelessness, links to journals regarding homelessness and a large list of links of Federal sites regarding homelessness.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Homelessness Page http://www.hhs.gov/specificpopulations/index.shtml#homeless

A very small page of several government links regarding homelessness.

Report on Homelessness

http://www.bethesda-mission.org/report.htm

This is a substantial article on the state of the homeless in the U.S. They cover mental illness, definition of terms, substance abuse among the homeless, and the spiritual condition of the homeless.

Operation Work

www.operationwork.org

“To provide homeless men and women Worthwhile Opportunities through Resources, Knowledge, Job Training and Career Development, helping them to become productive and self-sufficient members of society”

Online poverty tour

http://www.usccb.org/cchd/povertyusa/tour2.htm

From the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This is a flash presentation on the homeless.

Urban Missions Internships

Association for Gospel Rescue Missions – Internships

http://www.agrm.org/dir/listing.shtml

Check here for many internship positions in Urban or Inner City rescue environments. It contains many non-CofC national/international outreach programs.

Online Church of Christ Directories

Here are three key online lists of Churches of Christ in America:

Churches of Christ Online

www.cconline.org

Church of Christ.org – Church of Christ Directory

www.church-of-christ.org

Church Zip – Online Directory for Churches of Christ

www.churchzip.com

About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

20 Responses to 171 Urban Ministry Resources Including Links, Annotations, and Contact Information

  1. Philip says:

    Longest… Blog… EVER.

    😉

    Thanks for the resources!

  2. Church says:

    I really appreciate the author for this wonderful job of gathering different links and posting for users, I’m very much interested to have my link in your site, I’m very happy for this and my Church link info is this GVELC.com thanks for sharing this great post with us.

  3. Allen Turley says:

    Thanks for posting Teen Challenge. The website for the Teen Challenge National website for the US is http://www.teenchallengeusa.com. “www.teenchallenge.com” is the website for Teen Challenge of Southern California.The website for Global teen challenge information – Teen Challenge outside the US – http://www.globaltc.org.

  4. mattdabbs says:

    Allen,

    Updated. Thanks!

  5. Deb Phillips says:

    Thanks much for the work you put into this. Regarding the urban ministry you mentioned for Cleveland, Ohio– The City Mission (that’s where I work) I’d like to request that you take off the e-mail of the contact person listed as he no longer works here. I think it would be sufficient just to have our web site address. Besides serving urban children and youth, we also provide residential progams for homeless men and women, we have an outreach to prison inmates, and provide a range of services to the urban poor. We also own a camp that is available for rent. Much more info available on our web site. Thank you!!

  6. Zak Nicola says:

    WOW! This really is impressive. Thanks for such a wide spanning list. Kudos!

  7. Brad Hearn says:

    You may find additional urban ministries listed at the Association of Gospel Rescue Mission site http://www.agrm.org/missions.html
    Enjoy,
    Brad

    Bradford Hearn
    Central Union Mission

  8. mattdabbs says:

    Deb,

    Updated.

    Brad,

    Added, thanks for all you do at Central. God bless,

    Matt

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  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have done what I intended to spend many weeks trying to find out….. I am trying to send emails to churches with inner city programs so that they can take on a project to help the homeless. Using our website: http://www.homelesspartners.com I’m trying to get as many churches as possible to be involved in leading the way for the community to help the homeless. It’s good for the community to see the church in a positive “light”, good for the shelters, good for the church to work together and let their light shine and of course good for the homeless.
    One question:
    Do you have these people in a neat list that can be used to send out email easily?
    Thanks so very much for your work.

    Peace and Grace to you in abundance,
    jennie keeran
    Vancouver, BC, now in Sardegna, Italy working on a book documenting ancient baptistries — it’s a tough job but somebody needs to do it.

  11. mattdabbs says:

    Jennie,

    As emails change over time I am sure some of these would bounce by now. Several people have emailed me with updates to their contact information so I know many of them are still good.

    In your browser go to view and find the place where you can view page source or page code. Click that and it will give you the html of this page in a text file. Then search that file for the @ symbol. That will find all the email addresses for you then just copy and paste them into another file. If that sounds too hard let me know.

  12. Ryan says:

    Great list here – I work with Memphis Urban Ministry and a better site for us can be found at http://www.memphisurbanministry.com

    Great work – glad I stumbled across your blog.

  13. mattdabbs says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I originally compiled this list for Anthony Wood of Memphis Urban Ministry. I will update that link. God bless,

    Matt

  14. francis nguka says:

    I really a ppriciate the work that the mission has so far established to help the needy and to reach them with the gospel.

  15. Hey awesome site, just want to ask you what spam software you use for comments because I have been hit by tons on my site.

    • mattdabbs says:

      WordPress’ built in akismet. I rarely get spam. It also allows you to build your own filters. That kicks out 90% of the spam that akismet misses on its own.

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