Center for Transformational Urban Leadership (CTUL)

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The ATS Center for Transformational Urban Leadership is the response of Asian Theological Seminary to the growing need for intentional graduate-level theological education geared specifically for those pastors and urban workers ministering among the urban poor of the Philippines and Asia.  Such training puts an emphasis on the theoretical foundations that are crucial to urban ministry while at the same time emphasizing intensive ministry experiences in specific urban locales that test out that theory.
CTUL offers two levels of instruction: the Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Transformational Urban Leadership, and Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (M.A.TUL).   As a specialized Center of ATS, focus is given to the needs of leaders working among the urban poor.  Attention is given to leadership development; movement generation; demonstrating the kingdom of God by upholding the cause of the oppressed; living an incarnational lifestyle; broad collaboration, and interdisciplinary practice.

Graduate Diploma in Transformational Urban Leadership (G. Dip. TUL) The 30-unit Diploma course is designed to give urban leaders the opportunity to complete graduate studies that will enable leaders to transform localized urban poor areas in Metro Manila and the major cities of Asia.  Our emphasis is on equipping for transformation. These programs combine community development-related urban transformation skills with an emphasis on evangelism and church planting.   Students are equipped to become movement leaders by mobilizing and multiplying teams.   The programs emphasize classroom theory combined with significant practical fieldwork.   Students are exposed to the necessary theory components but the majority of their time is spent in urban poor settings testing those theories in the practice of urban ministry. Download Flyer

Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (M.A. TUL) The 45-unit Masteral course is designed to give urban leaders the opportunity to complete graduate studies that will enable leaders to transform localized urban poor areas in Metro Manila and the major cities of Asia.  Our emphasis is on equipping for transformation. These programs combine community development-related urban transformation skills with an emphasis on evangelism and church planting.   Students are equipped to become movement leaders by mobilizing and multiplying teams.   The programs emphasize classroom theory combined with significant practical fieldwork.   Students are exposed to the necessary theory components but the majority of their time spent in urban poor settings testing those theories in the practice of urban ministry. Download Flyer

Master of Divinity in Transformational Urban Leadership (M.Div. TUL) The 90-Unit Master of Divinity is a professional degree designed to enable urban leaders to do Christian ministry in localized urban poor areas in Metro Manila and the major cities in Asia. Our emphasis is on transformation and development work, paired with deeper theological and Biblical reflection for leaders in urban poor ministry, who also do pastoral ministry and are involved in theological education.
These programs combine community development-related urban transformation skills with an emphasis on evangelism and church planting. Students are equipped to become movement leaders by mobilizing and multiplying teams. The programs emphasize classroom theory combined with significant practical fieldwork. Students are exposed to the necessary theory components but the majority of their time is spent in urban poor settings testing those theories in the practice of urban ministry. Download Flyer

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