For many, Baltimore is home and no other place can equal it. The city’s music, its sights, smells and sounds stimulate them and make them feel alive. The city is PEOPLE—on the bus, on the street, part of a neighborhood, from every corner of the world, of every race and religion. The city is convenient and seldom boring.
For others, Baltimore is unknown, frightening, and a place to be avoided. They may work in the city, or venture into it occasionally for a concert at the BSO, an Oriole’s game, or a gourmet meal at the Inner Harbor, but in the corner of their minds lurk disturbing images—the homeless, crumbling buildings, drug addicts, acts of violence.
Baltimore Urban Program
God has already built His church in Baltimore and it is alive and well and active here. No outsider needs to “bring God” to the city. But God has commanded His people to be compassionate, and invites us to participate with Him in bringing transformation.
When we truly plunge into God’s blueprint for His church, we are compelled to learn the value of partnership with people unlike ourselves, Christian community that goes beyond racial and socioeconomic barriers, and a love for what God loves.
During this intensive 6 week internship students grow together in their understanding of the city, the ways God is at work here, and their own response and involvement as Christians. After initial orientation, students serve as interns with various Urban Ministries and non-profit organizations throughout Baltimore.
Spring Break Service Plunges
Students spend their Spring Break serving and learning in the community in Southwest Baltimore. Service opportunities include tutoring, delivering meals to patients with terminal illnesses, and painting and remodeling homes.
Weekend/Overnight Service Projects
Weekend and overnight service projects provide a brief exposure to urban ministry and the ways that God is at work in the city. The weekend normally includes a tour of a church or Urban ministry, a service project or park clean-up, Bible study, and hearing from a local Urban minister.