Designed as a time of growth, preparation, and confirmation, the courses taught in Los Angeles include:
- TUL 500 Writings, Reign, and Urban Realities: This course relates the biblical motif of the Kingdom of God to issues of leadership development in resource-poor urban communities.
- TUL 520 Urban Spirituality: An in-depth examination of human development and family life in the slum context, this course emphasizes the care and nurturing of resource-poor workers and the practical application of the spiritual disciplines.
- TUL 530 Building Faith Communities: This course applies a story-telling approach to the process of entering poor communities and developing holistic poor peoples’ churches in ways faithful to the values and goals of the Kingdom of God.
Bi-weekly meetings and dinners help students develop a vision and purpose for their time during the MATUL program.
A key conviction of the MATUL program is to “practice what you preach,” so students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to their church and living communities by developing relationships that pioneer a new evangelistic or community group among the poor. Students are also encouraged to work part time, no more than 15 hours a week, and use that money for living expenses and to save for their time abroad.
Living within poor communities can be extremely demanding—physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. In an effort to support a high standard of care for students in stressful learning environments, the MATUL program requires a physical exam and may ask students to undergo some psychological testing related to cross-cultural capacities. These assessments allow students to know themselves better and help pave the way for students to have a successful adaptation to slum conditions as well as successful completion of academic requirements.
Preparation will be given for the following courses to be studied over two semesters at the overseas location:
- TUL 505A and TUL 505B Language and Culture Acquisition: These courses guide students in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, dispositions, and skills for independent and ongoing language and culture learning within urban poor communities.