Urban Experience


The Urban Experience is an innovative Leadership Development Program in inner city Louisville designed to recalibrate the local church for action. This one to two year internship with Sojourn Community Church relocates leaders into redeveloped mission houses in the Shelby Park neighborhood. The program provides the theological underpinning, pastoral shepherding, and practical experience that is necessary to produce life-long laborers in the inner city so that justice, mercy, faithfulness, and hope pervade every aspect of city culture.

Program Details

There are two ways to participate in the program:

Ministry Track participants raise support and commit to a 45 hr/wk program: 15 hours of theological training with Sojourn pastors and deacons, 15 hours of ministry in Shelby Park, and 15 hours of ministry with gospel-centered non-profits such as Jefferson Street Baptist Center (homelessness), Scarlet Hope (adult-entertainment), A Woman’s Choice (pro-life), Refuge (international refugees).

Marketplace Track participants work full-time jobs and commit to a 10 hr/wk program: 5 hours of ministry, 5 hours of development.

All program participants live in 4-8 person mission houses in Shelby Park, just blocks from Sojourn’s Midtown Campus. While the communal living is required for singles, there is also separate housing for marrieds or families with kids.

Support the program

Fund a missionary: To support one or more of the six full-time men and women enrolled for the coming year, click HERE and search “Sojourn.”

Adopt a missionary: To ‘adopt’ an Urban Experience team member is to serve and care for a specific Sojourn UE missionary moving into the urban neighborhood of Shelby Park throughout their year in the program.

Volunteer: To join us for work days on the properties being renovated through the program, to sign your Community Group up to participate, or to offer the use of your trade skills, email seed@sojournchurch.com or call (502) 635-7053 x. 135. The renewal of these homes, including clean-ups, landscaping, painting, repairs, etc. will allow our city missionaries to move into them as they faithfully serve, and will support the redevelopment of affordable housing in the inner city.

Apply for URBN Experience here.