CSM’s Urban Intensive Program provides a missional learning experience for college-aged students who are interested in learning more about social justice issues. The program lasts for 6 days and involves 6-14 young adults who are passionate about bringing justice to urban areas. Throughout the week, each group will dive into learning about different aspects of the city and of the Intensive’s highlighted topic through listening to different speakers, discussing articles, watching documentaries, serving in community together, etc

Our hope is that the Urban Intensive will deepen the understanding of different justice issues within each participant, which will in turn encourage each individual to take a more active role in social justice in his or her own community.

The topics for the 2018 Urban Intensive are:

Nashville  – Gentrification: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Nashville’s population is skyrocketing! Close to 100 people are moving here every day. With this expansion comes new companies, new businesses, new jobs, and LOTS of new housing. However, the expansion also causes the displacement of families, churches, and historical neighborhoods. This Urban Intensive will listen to the stories of some of those who are most deeply affected by Nashville’s growth and will explore the tension that urban dwellers everywhere must wrestle with–the good, the bad, and the ugly of development, expansion, and gentrification.

New York City – Racial Justice & Reconciliation: How does the gospel affect the way we treat, view, and love each other?

Love God and love others – Jesus said that these are the two greatest commandments. There is a long history of racial injustice in this country. We are going to explore that history, as well as ideas on ways that we can move forward from that history as the people of God, loved by God, and made one by God.

Chicago – Loving Our Community: How Do We Know What’s Best for Our Neighbors in Need?

“Do I give my time? Money? Talents? Resources? Or do I simply give a listening ear? Then, will whatever I choose be more of a help or a hindrance to my neighbor?” – These questions, among others, swirl in our minds when we are trying to decide how we might be the most helpful resource for our neighbors in need. Throughout this intensive, we will discuss different ways to recognize need in our community, identify ways that our response to the need might help or become a hindrance to that community, and then evaluate the most effective way to help our community move forward, all in a gospel-centered context. We will also meet with organizations throughout the city that we feel display a healthy love for their community, serving alongside of them and learning from their experience.


The cost for the Urban Intensive is $325. This includes housing, food, transportation within the city, activities, and supplies that are used throughout the Intensive. It does NOT include transportation to the CSM site before the Intensive or back home afterwards.

 The full payment must be made by November 30, 2017. There is NO deposit required.

How to Register:

Please email intensive@csm.org in order to receive the registration link for the Urban Intensive, as well as more information about registering for the trip!

For even more information, check out the Urban Intensive Facebook page by clicking here!! 

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    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
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