Publication and Distribution of Protestant Urban Training Ministries Research

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Start Date: 
Wed, 01/01/1986
End Date: 
Tue, 06/30/1987

This project disseminated the findings of the research on urban training ministries. It endeavored to further the discussion and reflection of urban ministry in mainline Protestantism by supporting the publication of a book by author George Younger. It hosted a conference to discuss Younger’s findings and chart the future of action training for the church’s urban ministry. The project facilitated a discussion of action training ministries, their history as a tool of Protestant ministry in the city, and their impact on America’s urban scene in the 1960s and 1970s. <p> Younger’s book, published in 1987 by the Center for the Scientific Study of Religion at the Chicago Theological Seminary, was titled From New Creation to Urban Crisis: A History of Action Training Ministries, 1962-1975. The “Conference on Action Training Ministries,” held in Chicago April 24-25, 1987, brought together a variety of seminary leaders and participants—both past and present—in urban training programs to look at the history of action training ministries, the issues they addressed (and failed to address), the methods employed, representative model ministries, and the steps needed to keep the dialogue going. The project also supported the publication of a report by project director Yoshio Fukuyama in the Review of Religious Research entitled “Social Research and the Churches” (Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 71-82, September 1986).