What Training Do We Offer?
Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. The Bible also tells church leadership to equip their people for the service and outreach. One of the most important values of the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry is provide evangelism, disciple-making, church growth and leadership training to the poor, the disenfranchised and the ethnically diverse people in our city.
Abundant Life Program
The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry provides a simple disciple-making program to local Fort Wayne congregations called Abundant Life. Abundant Life was developed in the urban context, and has been used effectively in helping new or struggling Christians reach a deeper level of spiritual maturity.
Institute of Urban Church Leadership
In the fall 2010, the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry provided a training institute designed to equip and train laypeople to assume greater roles of leadership in their local congregations. These courses are thirteen or six week long and focused on winning people to Christ, building them up in the faith, equipping them for service and sending them to unreached people, here and abroad.
The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry can provide your church or organization with an experienced and competent speaker on various topics. Rev. Bob Smith and the faculty of the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry would love to share their knowledge of urban ministry and help motivate your church or organization develop a heart for the city.
The Abundant Life Program
18 lessons on the basics of the Christian faith, and how to put them into practice.
This short, self-teaching course uses an easy programmed-instruction method, and is ideal for nurturing new believers. Older members will benefit as they become surer of their facts. It will enable all believers to master a valuable tool for winning and nurturing others for the Lord.
- The new birth
- Repentance from sin
- Faith and forgiveness
- The family of God
- Filled with the Holy Spirit
- How to read the Bible
- How to pray
- How to overcome the Devil
- How to overcome the old nature
- How to overcome the world
- How to share the Good News with others
- The Lord’s Supper
- Members of a local church
- What is the “Church”?
- God’s stewards
- Led by God
The Workbook is spiral bound, with a simple question/answer format and “feedback” (answers) on the bottom of each page. Each unit has a self-test for review. It works well for individual study with a mentor, or for group study. The material is written simply enough for a wide range of people, even with limited academic preparation.
The Counselor’s Guide gives a leader or mentor valuable tools to prepare for each unit of the Workbook, and ideas for use in group meetings or individual study.
There Is A Place For You at the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry
The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry that is students must be a “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Therefore, the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry provides intentional field experiences so that they can assist the urban church in its disciple-making and compassion ministries. Whether you are college student or a church small group we have a place for you to serve.
The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry provides supervised internships for students who have a heart for the city and a desire to take that urban passion to a higher level by serving the urban Church in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry can provide interns with training, housing and supervision, and can serve as a liaison between the student, the academic institution and the ministry site.
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Short Term Ministry Teams
The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry provides urban ministry projects for groups that might want to serve the urban community through missional Christian service; service especially focused on the poor, the disenfranchised and the ethnically diverse peoples of Fort Wayne.
Our Vision & Mission
Our vision is to equip students for transformational ministry and service to the urban church (Ephesians 4:12), that promotes the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:27-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 2818-20).
Our mission then is to train our students through the Word of God and intentional field experiences so that they can assist the urban church in its disciple-making and compassion ministries. We put a special emphasis on the study of the Word of God, the Bible, with the belief that through such study the man and woman of God can be prepared and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).
With a keen sense that God had brought Rev. Bob Smith to Fort Wayne and an understanding that God’s ways are always perfect: on June 1, 2009, with the help, prayers and local pastors and lay people we were able to give birth to the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry (FWSUM).
Rev. Bob Smith, Director & Founder
As the Di
rector and Founder of the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry, Rev. Bob Smith provides the visionary leadership for the ministry. After serving several years as an urban pastor in New York City and the Chicagoland areas, as well as, an urban missionary and several years in Christian higher education; Bod brings his vast experience to the City of Fort Wayne. He and his wife, Belinda, have three adult children and six grandchildren. For the past few decades Bob has demonstrated a heart for the city and a commitment to serving the poor, the disenfranchised and the ethnically diverse people of our urban cities.
What we believe:
Please download our full doctrinal statement.
FWSUM’s Location & Address: @Harvester Missionary Church, 3331 Harvester Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (map)
Telephone & Fax: Tel: (260) 387-5665 | Fax: (260)220-2013
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