And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”  Jeremiah 29:7 NLT

The Mosaic Urban Institute is a 10-week internship program designed to give training, and hands on experience, while working in two of Detroit’s highly complex neighborhoods: Mosaic Midtown Church in Midtown Detroit, a quickly gentrifying neighborhood and Mosaic Community Center in Northwest Detroit, an at-risk neighborhood.  You will work with the staff at both locations, receive personal mentoring, and leadership training to help discern if urban ministry is God’s plan for you while learning the 8 key components of Christian Community Development, and being exposed to many urban ministries.

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  • Weekly classroom time taught by Pastors Mick Veach & Mark Judkins, and other practitioners
  • Pastor Mick Veach, Lead Pastor Mosaic Midtown Church: Whether smuggling Bibles, feeding lepers or working/living amongst a Muslim people group as a Humanitarian Pastor, Mick Veach’s commitment to share the love of God has taken him all over the world.  Mick has served as a Global Partners’ Area Director for Central Asia and the Middle East, he has presented the gospel in more than 60 countries, been the Lead Pastor of a larger church and now pastors in the heart of Midtown Detroit.  Mick’s desire is and always has been to see God’s truth compel others to action and to foster healthy local churches that engage in evangelism and discipleship.  He and his wife, Melanie, have three children and love living in the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood of Detroit.
  • Pastor Mark Judkins is a native of Detroit, has been married 28 years, the father of two adult daughters, one serving as a worship leader and the other as a Global Partners Missionary. He was an automotive CEO, a business owner for 29 years, and became a Wesleyan pastor in 2009.  He planted a church in Detroit by starting a non-profit for East Michigan District of The Wesleyan Church and founded the Wesley (Mosaic) Community Center implementing the eight core principles of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).  As Executive Director Mark works to develop indigenous leaders to manage youth, senior and adult community development programs, managing finances, writing grants, and fundraising. As Pastor he shepherds a community of volunteers through bible study, youth group, and exegetical preaching.
  • Classroom topics to include:
  • Best ways to give to those in need
  • Spiritual disciplines
  • Gentrification
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Leadership
  • Immigration
  • Required reading – All will read “When Helping Hurts” and implement its principles. Other reading will be personalized to the specific focus of the individual intern
  • Hands on experience helping plan a National CCDA Conference
  • Participate in EMI District Wesleyan Pastor training sessions
  • Conclude with Life Planning stage – Where we gather the experiences you’ve had, the lessons you have learned and the skills you’ve acquired in order to decipher what urban ministry means for you.

Urban exposure, Ministry Experience, Urban Living, Leadership Coaching

Urban Exposure

  • Weekly site visits to local urban community practitioners, including ministry stories
    • Angel house – outreach to Muslim community
    • Gleaners community food bank
    • Social Service providers and urban gardening centers
    • Substance abuse rehabilitation facilities
    • Housing revitalization ministries
  • Interaction with surrounding community
    • Experience internship with local young adult interns from the community
  • Attend Police, Government and Community meetings
  • Training and best urban practices
  • Exposure to urban churches

Ministry Experience

  • Intern will have a primary ministry focused area, along with exposure to other urban ministry areas. Primary areas to include:
    • International students outreach
    • Relational evangelism in an urban context
    • Youth sports outreach
    • Summer program teacher
    • Community development and social services
    • Urban church planting
    • Youth Ministry
  • Help with high school youth immersions
  • Learn how to exegete the community through asset-based community development

Urban Living

  • Live in urban community
  • Learn to navigate public transportation
  • Learn how to do actual community better – interacting, and engaging with neighbors
  • Learn how the Church can be a good neighbor
  • Learn life on life lessons, putting into action things learned in theory in the classroom
  • Enjoy urban events: Grand Prix, International Freedom Festival, riverfront concerts, biking with Slow Roll, organized runs with Run Detroit

Leadership Coaching

  • A member of the Mosaic Community will meet weekly, and personally walk alongside each intern providing spiritual support during this 10-week experience.
      • Prayer Partner
      • Help keep focus on servant leadership
      • Help discern God’s voice through internship
      • Journal & Bible reading discussion
      • Oversee weekly plan
      • Answer questions/assist as necessary


“Interning under Mick prepared me for ministry in every capacity. I had opportunities to grow in practical & interpersonal skills, learning in the classroom as well as out, whilst also being encouraged in my own walk with the Lord.”  Lauren

“Interning under Mick allowed me to participate in opportunities I had been preparing for in Bible College: such as teaching classes and serving in multicultural settings. I was also able to see what a driven and Christ-centered leader looked like.”   Joey

I spent the summer of 2009 interning under the leadership of Mick Veach and it changed my ministry I do now completely. During that summer I served in every area of church leadership which gave me an experience where I could learn what I was good at and what I enjoyed doing. From the first day during the internship I was put into a position of leadership and learned through doing. This was the best part of the summer for me. Debriefing with Pastor Mick was also incredibly helpful in directing my path into ministry. I couldn’t say enough about how much I learned and grew that summer and I know I am a better minister/person today as a result!  Erin

“My internship experience under Pastor Mick’s leadership was a game-changer spiritually. The ability to risk, try new things, and hear from an experienced leader who is passionate about reaching people for Jesus was inspiring on a daily basis.  John

My internship under Pastor Mick was intentional and stretching. I was able to “find my place” by engaging in a variety of ministries and opportunities. I appreciated his willingness to take the time to invest in me as an intern to ensure I was using my God-given gifts in the best way possible!   Lindsey


Tuition will include all program expenses.  Each accepted student is encouraged to engage the support-raising process to fund tuition for the Mosaic Urban Institute. Apply Now!  Limited Space Available!