"I look around and I see college students just willing to do whatever. They don’t know when, they don’t know where. But they’re ready. I just want to feel like that again."

By Tom Lin

We do Urbana because there is a need for Urbana. As we look around the world, there is urgency in challenging this generation to engage globally, to grasp biblical foundations of mission, and to discern vocational calling in the midst of the world’s needs.

By MaryKate Morse

1. The ability to discern God's will comes from being transformed. As Paul says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

By Adam Jeske

When Tom entered Harvard University in 1991, his plans for a lucrative career in corporate law were as stable and secure as his parents had always dreamed. Not surprisingly, he excelled. Then, slowly, Tom started to realize what he wanted.

By Adam Jeske

Evangelism is much more important than working for justice. Souls are eternal. There’s no hope for change without Christ. This world is going to burn. Justice work trumps evangelism. Hungry people can’t hear the gospel. Christ fought against oppression. Evangelism is a form of cultural neocolonialism. What if it’s both? 

By Jessica Fick

“I don’t think I’d ever thought about a poor person.” As a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana 96, Marie Koch sat in the auditorium spellbound by the short video on the screen about the poor. “It was haunting,” she said. 

By Lindsay Olesberg

Urbana studies the Bible inductively, in community, by making space, relying on God's power, again and again. As you prepare for Urbana 15, be transformed with us by studying Matthew’s Gospel.

By Kurt Bullis

Registration for Urbana 15 is open. But you’re not registered. What’s holding you back? It might be something you can't quite name. Several years ago, my wife and I devised a wonderful plan for our future. A plan we felt was God’s plan.

By Johnnie Moore

Through their excruciating pain, through the weight of their trauma, they don’t resent the call to suffer that God has put upon their shoulders but rather welcome it. They celebrate it, and they feel honored by it. These refugees are indeed proudly part of the “nation of the cross.”

By Lisa Rieck

Without even knowing you, Daniel Paredes knows what God’s will for your life is. “The context of those questions [about God’s will] can look different for different people,” he said, “but for Christians, the main answer is always the same, and that’s to go and make disciples.”

By Adam Jeske

If your parents love you deeply (and they probably do), there may be disagreement about your calling, your decisions, and your path in life. In fact, your parents are likely concerned about you serving in missions precisely because they love you so much.

By Tom Lin

The New Normal in missions presents exciting opportunities. But three things will make this journey much harder than we might think. 1. Perceived Power Loss...