Urban Pastoral Ministry Program


City Mission’s Urban Pastoral Ministry Program is a two year residency for recent seminary graduates who are called to ordained urban ministry. Through a partnership between City Mission and four established Boston churches, residents gain hands-on experience in worship, administration, and outreach in an urban congregation, mentorship from experienced ministers, and opportunities for leadership in collaborations between City Mission, these congregations, and other organizations. Designed to help new pastors develop networks of support, the program provides weekly opportunities for learning and reflection for residents in their cohort.

Applications for the program’s July 2019 – July 2021 cohort are now closed. Join our mailing list to keep up to date on UPMP and to learn more about our residents in the coming months!

UPMP is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry project, an initiative that supports pastors in times of key professional transitions by building relationships with experienced clergy and each other.

About the Program
Urban Pastoral Ministry Program residents are employed full-time by City Mission and are placed in one of four Boston congregations:

  • Bethel AME Church (A.M.E.; Jamaica Plain)

  • First Baptist Church (ABCUSA and Alliance of Baptists; Jamaica Plain)

  • Fourth Presbyterian Church (PC (USA); South Boston)

  • Old South Church (UCC; Boston)

Residents spend two-thirds of their time as members of the pastoral staff at their assigned church, and one-third on staff at City Mission.

At their church placement, residents will take an active role in the life of the congregation, assisting with worship, formation, community engagement, social justice ministries, and pastoral care. At City Mission, residents will participate in cohort learning, seminars, participation in ministry groups, and in leadership with City Mission’s educational and advocacy programs.

Questions about the program? Email urbanministry@citymissionboston.org