The John A. Wilson
Center for Urban and Global Outreach (CUGO)
The John A. Wilson Center for Urban and Global Outreach is a focal point for urban and global ministry at Cincinnati Christian University. Our purpose is to educate, encourage, and equip our students and the Christian community to follow the example of Jesus: crossing cultural, ethnic and socio-economic boundaries with the Good News.
CUGO creates opportunities for CCU students to interact with urban and global ministry practitioners. Each semester we welcome men and women doing hands-on fieldwork in urban and international ministry from around the world to speak in chapel, guest lecture in classes or interact with students in informal “leadership lunches” where students engage in conversation with our guests. Our Missionary in Residence program brings a missionary family on campus each semester. The missionaries live on campus in our mission house, teach courses and guest lecture in classes, and engage with our campus community for an entire semester.
Urban and International Service Learning Trips led by CCU faculty or staff provide students the opportunity to experience urban and international ministry themselves under the guidance of on-field partners and their faculty/staff team leader. Over the past few years, CCU student teams have served in diverse locations ranging from urban locations such as inner-city Chicago to international locations such as Ireland and Taiwan.
CUGO assists international students who are here to prepare for ministry in their home countries. We assist them in their transition to the United States, as well as provide opportunities for them to fellowship with one another and share their culture with our campus community.
CCU has numerous undergraduate students majoring in Urban and Intercultural Ministry. The Seminary offers a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in Intercultural Studies. CUGO offers advice and guidance for students as they navigate their academic program and especially as they seek global and urban ministry internship opportunities and develop support-raising strategies. The Center is also involved in a range of activities on campus, including the honors leadership program and our Urban Scholars program.