Wesley Downtown prepares leaders for the church and develops the skills and knowledge of current ordained and lay leaders.  We offer and support experiential-based courses that are contextually grounded in the diverse intersections of Washington, D.C: powerful and marginalized, rich and poor; white and black; old and young; gay and straight; housed and homeless. The Wesley Downtown staff provides resources, time, and space for courses and specific projects that relate to practical ministry.

Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry at Wesley is focused on contextual education.  In partnership with two historic churches, Wesley's Urban Ministry students learn to engage the poor and the powerful, to meet the needs of diverse cultures, and to answer their call to dynamic and practical ministry as a part of the complex social systems of inner-city Washington.

Missional Ministry

Missional Ministry at Wesley is designed to equip church leaders to focus on the church's mission of being sent into the world to create disciples for Jesus Christ. The program does this by focusing on both the nature of the church to be missional - to be Christ's Body sent into the world to make disciples and care for one another - and the practices of fruitful missional churches.

Learn more about the Missional Fellows and the course requirements for the specialization in the Missional Church.

Service Learning

Service learning gives students the opportunity to engage in service that is integrated with course learning goals through intentional reflection by way of written assignments, class and group discussions, and journaling. At Wesley, service learning is accomplished in multiple stages, which build upon each other.

Students in the first-year core course, Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry, engage in service learning, through ministering with congregations, faith-based or other community organizations. All Wesley Master of Divinity students must complete service learning through a Practice of Ministry and Mission internship. Master of Arts students have the option for a PM&M internship. Students undertake theological reflection on their service work in the community as a spiritual discipline, helping them to grow in their formation.

Read our service learning Partners Guide

Learn more about Wesley's Practice in Ministry and Mission program.

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