Urban Plunge


Under the auspices of the School of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, the Urban Plunge exposes a select number of undergraduate students to incarnational ministry and community-based spiritual formation by way of a highly structured residence-based inner-city immersion project. Set among strategic neighborhoods in center-city Knoxville, the program is designed to provide students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore urban ministry, academic integration, spiritual formation, and intentional community within the context of a mentor-based missional cohort.  Cohort members will enjoy access to a rich resource network of mature urban leaders and their organizations and will be challenged to develop the integral habits of incarnational Christian witness in a variety of real-world applications.

Urban Ministry

In collaboration with local organizations, students' vocational interests are matched with community needs and opportunities in an effort to provide a unique level of real world training in urban settings.

Academic Integration

While immersed in an urban environment, students are challenged to connect classroom concepts to concrete applications in their ministry contexts.

Spiritual Formation

Through common retreat, consistent personal reflection with a mentor, and regular times of prayer, worship, and fellowship, students are encouraged to develop life-long transformative practices.

Intentional Community

By engaging in a mentor-based missional cohort and strategic neighborhood, students are provided with the resources necessary to cultivate intentional relationships in a collaborative environment.


  • Rising juniors or seniors at Johnson University 
  • Willing to live and serve in an urban community in Knoxville
  • Able to commute to Johnson University’s campus to maintain a normal class load and finish a Johnson University degree
  • Apply with and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5

Cost of living is roughly the same as living on campus

To apply, fill out this application and email it to  

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