In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus tells a parable of the final judgment, in which he says, “I was hungry and you gave me food…thirsty and you gave me something to drink…a stranger and you welcomed me…naked and you gave me clothing…sick and you took care of me…in prison and you came to me.”
The righteous ask Jesus when they did these things for him, and Jesus responds: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Jesus tells this parable to let his disciples know that ministry to people in need is essential to the mission of Christ himself.
The mission of United is “to recruit and educate faithful leaders for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.”
At United we are educating faithful and fruitful followers of Jesus who lead people to vital faith in our living Lord and teach compassion for people in need.
Through our DaytonView Center for Urban Ministry, under the leadership of retired Presbyterian urban minister Dr. Robert Jones (D. Min. ’94), United students gain firsthand experience in effectively reaching people in need with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Jones is mentoring several current United students in urban ministry. Students will help to lead a summer enrichment day camp for neighborhood children, while recent United graduates are currently leading ministries at DaytonView for women estranged from the church and women who have been abused.
The Center for Urban Ministry is also home to five small congregations who worship weekly at DaytonView. The Center produces a newsletter supporting the ministries of these and other local congregations in the DaytonView area.
The Center for Urban Ministry will host the grand opening for a coffee lounge in the remodeled Community Room from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, with United leaders, neighborhood pastors, city officials, community leaders and the public invited to the celebration.
On Monday, Aug. 22, the opening worship service of United’s Doctoral Intensive will be held in the sanctuary at DaytonView, followed by a reception in the Coffee Lounge to help build community among our faculty, staff and students.
We are excited about the opportunities the DaytonView Center for Urban Ministry provides both for educating students called to urban ministry and for giving compassionate service to people in the neighborhood around United’s former campus.
We thank God for the generous alumni/ae and donors who are supporting the educational and service programs through United’s DaytonView Center for Urban Ministry.
To be a part of funding God’s work with the least of these through United, you can make a gift through the donate button below. Thank you for preparing the next generation of faithful leaders!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Kent Millard
United Theological Seminary