The Richmond Urban Ministry Institute exists to provide practical training to leaders who desire to effectively serve Christian ministries in urban communities. Our program should provide our student leaders a way of understanding poverty, justice, development and the role of the Church in holistic ministry. Our school community has a purposefully urban, culturally diverse and inclusive focus. Our urban setting indicates a commitment to inner-city ministry and outreach. Our campus and dormitory are in the urban center and find this to be a beneficial setting to prepare students to bring the Gospel to the hurting and poor within Richmond. Our location is directly linked to our urban context. We are a product of the city. The many social challenges and positive resources of urban living are a part of who we are.