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Read the following from Michael Liimatta of City Vision College about its online classes beginning January 7.


The next term for City Vision College is starting Monday January 7th.
Individual online courses are just $600 for a three-credits and you
can register online now. If you want to learn more call 816-960-2008
, or visit

Learn more about our degree completion programs

For the past few years, the only financial aid that City Vision
College provided was Pell Grant, but we were just recently approved to
receive Federal Loans. If you are a new student, then follow the
instructions at:, and select whether you want to apply for Pell Grants, Federal Loans
or Both.

Can’t afford tuition? Individuals willing to work as a full-time
intern qualify to receive free tuition, room and board (see

Our online courses for the upcoming Spring 1 term 2013 include:

Spring 1 term 2013 – January 7, 2013 – March 1, 2013

Course 306 – Managing Residential Recovery Program
(3 credits) The purpose of this course is to impart practical
counseling and operational principles for use in long-term programs
for the chemically dependent, with a particular focus on homeless
addicts and alcoholics.

Course 309 – Fund Raising Basics
(3 credits ) Along with an introduction to the essential elements of
fundraising; direct mail, capital campaigns; annual funds, etc., this
course is intended to help the student to develop a Biblical
perspective of development. This course counts toward credit as a
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE Certification)

Course 401 – Counseling in the City
(3 credits) This course examines the role and theory of lay
counseling as it applies to urban ministry settings. The coursework
guides the learner into increased awareness, knowledge, and skill in
interacting with multicultural and diverse populations. Counselor
attributes, cultural sensitivity, and the concept of contextualized
counseling will be explored. This course also focuses on client
assessment, and approaches to addressing problems common to distressed
urban dwellers seeking counseling.

Course 406 – Joy at Work: (Theology of Work)
(3 credits) This course uncovers new ways of seeing all work as
vocation, all days as mission, all business as sacred, and all
Christians as missionaries. Through case studies, Lausanne documents,
Biblical insights, and historical experiences, this course is basic to
understanding the whole mission of the Church to the whole world,
including through the systems and structures of cities and societies.
It faces the issues of evil that perverts our work ethic and context,
and gives the hope of redemption not only of individuals, but also of
our workplaces, seeking transformation both within and beyond our
workaday contexts.

/This course is subsidized with a tuition grant of $420 by Mustard
Seed Foundation, but it is not being subsidized for the 2013 year./
The only cost to the student is the nonrefundable $180 tuition fee and
the text book, Doing God’s Business by R. Paul Stephens (approx.

To receive this tuition grant, you must be enrolled as a student with
City Vision College. If you are not already enrolled, please follow
the Enrollment Instructions
before registering for this course.

When registering for the course, be sure to enter coupon code
“MUSTARDSEED” when registering, but this code is not excepted for the
2013 year.

Students who register and do not complete the course will be charged
the non-discounted course rate of $600 (following our refund policy).

Course 412 – Counseling Foundations
(3 credits ) (Focuses on various aspects of counseling theory, human
development and the core counseling functions.)

This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a
Christian perspective. While many students resist “theory” and want to
“get down to the practice,” a foundation in theory is critical. It is
important for the Christian counselor to have a solid foundation in
the principles of Psychology, Christianity, and the psychology of
religion as they relate to understanding counseling and addiction.
Recognizing various categories of mental health disorders in abnormal
psychology and their relationship to substance abuse will be

This course also serves as the introduction to human developmental
theories which are foundational in understanding the implications of
the age of a person when they experienced trauma and/or the onset of
behaviors leading to addiction. This critical understanding allows
students to confidently deal with the dissonant behaviors between
chronological and emotional “age” of many clients beginning recovery.
This course expands the lay leaders’ and clinicians’ understanding of
significant concepts and the vital role of normal human developmental

In addition, this course addresses the wide range of ethical issues
inherent in all steps identified within the Scope of Practice for
addiction professionals and found in recovery support services. The
course examines issues which may arise during initial screening,
during treatment planning, and as a client progresses through
treatment implementation and moves into recovery. The issues discussed
relate to professional obligations, interactions with family and the
community, as well as the process of documentation. Throughout this
course, the participant will be asked to relate various points to
their own situations, consider the various perspectives presented, and
develop an ongoing awareness of their choices, decisions and behaviors
in light of a high ethical standard.

Course 417 – Group Counseling Practices
(3 credits ) This course is designed for the novice therapist, one
who is participant learner of the experience and dynamics of small
groups. Students will begin to develop their abilities as group
facilitators and potential therapist. Upon completion of this course,
students will be able to describe the aspects of forming, leading and
evaluating groups as well as identify specific behaviors that are
disruptive in group settings. Good group facilitation is much more
than conducting therapy with a number of individuals in a group. It
requires an active counselor who is constantly observing all of the
nuances of the members’ interactions. It requires a skill that can
only be mastered through supervised group experience and an
understanding of group process and group dynamics. Important aspects
of this course are designed to address: Advantages and Disadvantages
of small groups, Group assumptions, Stages of Group, the Counselor’s
role, Effective communication, Leadership styles and problematic
client behaviors. Students will understand the development of a small
group, gain the facilitation skills necessary to monitor and function
as facilitator, and assist group member in growing through a group

Course 419 – Family Issues and Recovery
(3 credits ) (Understanding the importance of family dynamics in
recovery, including youth issues, codependency, plus God given
resiliency and self repair.)

This course covers three distinct areas dealt with in family
counseling: Substance Abuse, Codependency and Family Systems. This
course will overview the treatment of substance abuse within the
Family Systems Models, as well as compare and contrast individual
therapy models and Family Systems models. In part two there will be a
comprehensive study of Codependency, including its characteristics,
origins and recovery strategies. And finally, the course wraps up with
a broader view of family issues and dynamics, bringing the focus to
the places where most families need help.

Michael Liimatta, Director

City Vision College

712 E 31st Street – PO Box 413188

Kansas City MO 64141-3188 USA

Phone: <>


Rachael Jarboe of City Vision College sent the following note regarding an online course in urban youth ministry City Vision will offer beginning January 2.   BTW, The Salvation Army and City Vision work together in placement of interns in several Army locations around the Midwest.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I wanted to to let you know that City Vision College will be offering an eight week accredited online Course in Urban Youth Ministrystarting January 2.  The course will be taught by Jeremy Del Rio, who is a national speaker and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary, and City Vision College.  To register for the course visit:

Below is a description of the course.  If you have any questions, please E-mail or call 816-960-2008.

Course 330 – UYM101: Urban Youth Ministry


Course Description
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of holistic youth development in an increasingly interconnected, open-sourced, urban world. Students will be equipped to develop asset-based, student-led, contextually relevant, culturally engaging, transformational relationships with young people. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of multiculturalism, urban poverty, and educational inequity.

Course Objectives

  • Empower students to lead holistic youth development in their respective communities.
  • Introduce students to the ideas and principles of community youth development.
  • Create a framework for nurturing authentic student leadership.
  • Provide tools for asset-based youth development, accessing community resources, and transformational mentoring.
  • Explore the cultural context and implications of the first generation to grow up online.
  • Explore the influence of Hip Hop on cities, pop culture, and youth development.
  • Explore the implications of digital media for youth development strategies.

Weekly Topics
1.        Foundations of Community Youth Development
2.        Empowering Authentic (Student-Led) Student Leadership
3.        Holistic Strategies: Introducing 40 Developmental Assets
4.        Sustainable Supports: Cultivating Community Assets
5.        Beyond Service: Restoring Justice to Youth Development
6.        Developing Leaders on your Team: Mentoring Matters
7.        Cultural Remix: Engaging the Hip Hop Generation
8.        The Generation Changing the World


Thank you,
Rachael Jarboe
TechMission and City Vision College
Phone: 816-960-2008 City Vision College Academic Office



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I’m at Camp Wonderland through Sunday.  Got here nine days ago for CBLI and tomorrow morning we will meet for the final time of the Urban Mission Workshop.

It’s been great.  A wide range of representation from around the Midwest.  No one is shy; lots of discussion and laughter.  So I think it’s going well.  17 campers now joined by Howard Olver with Brian Seim from Toronto.

Howard is leading us in the final set of workshops.  Yesterday he presented a theology for urban ministry.  Today, Ten Paradigm Shifts Toward Community Transformation:  How Churches Are Impacting Their Communities with the Good Deeds and Good News of the Gospel (with thanks to Rick Swanson of the Leadership Network).  I think you may be able to figure out a lot of what Howard meant:

  1. From building walls to building bridges
  2. From measuring attendance to measuring impact
  3. From encouraging the saints to attend worship to equipping the saints for works of service
  4. From ‘serve us’ to service, from inward to outward focus
  5. From duplication of human services and ministries to partnering with
    existing services and ministries
  6. From fellowship to functional unity
  7. From condemning the city to blessing the city and praying for it 
  8. From being a minister in a congregation to being a minister in a parish
  9. From anecdote and speculation to valid information
  10. From teacher to learner

This summer Central Bible and Leadership Institute will offer an Urban Mission Intensive to adults and young adults involved or interested in urban ministry.

The Urban Mission Intensive will be one of four mission intensives presented by experienced practitioners during the week.  Immigration, youth, and crisis intervention will round out the four.  The mission intensives are being offered to train, develop, and support Salvation Army people engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in his name.

I am very pleased to announce that Howard Olver will be with us.  Howard is a Free Methodist pastor in Toronto, Ontario with many years of experience in urban and inner city ministry.  He also has a career in academic circles having served on the faculty of Greenville College and serving currently at Tyndale Seminary as adjunct professor of Missional Leadership.  Rev. Olver was a featured presenter at the recent Urban Forum in Toronto.

I had the opportunity to hear Howard in Toronto.  I believe you will find him a rich source of practical knowledge and guidance in making sense of the complex challenges faced in serving urban communities in Jesus’ name.  Urban missioners at CBLI will also have a time to refresh (bring your family, too) and develop the important networks needed to stay in the game.  Any of us who have served in demanding urban settings know how easy it is to become isolated, even in the Salvation Army.  Do something about it:  come to CBLI.

If you want to come for the CBLI Urban Mission Intensive, or any of the other three MIs, contact me.  I’m eager to be of help in insuring your place at CBLI this summer.  And CBLI is a lot of fun, too.

CBLI dates:  July  29-August 7, 2011


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