The Urban Alliance is proud and blessed to be able to work in concert with a wide variety of partners to build strategic bridges between the needs and resources of urban Knoxville and the needs and resources of Johnson University.

Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth ministry that serves more than 1,400 urban children, teens and young adults each year. Their ministry is implemented through a network of more than 15 churches and faith-based organizations in five youth and community zones. Their desire is to raise up a large number of urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders who help renew their communities.

All programs of study are designed for ministers and laity, full-time, bi-professional, or otherwise. Furthermore, all study experiences are intended to enable the student to relate to them in the environment in which the Lord has placed them.

We believe that good education is of great value in the Church today.

We affirm that if this value is to be appropriated for most Christian servants, it must be made available to them through external delivery systems. We believe that today’s Christian leaders need training in the ministry, not merely for the ministry. Accordingly, we insist that one’s study be completed within the actual laboratory of ministry sphere. It makes good sense to pay attention to the entire person, including his or her environment, when the person is involved in a formal educative process.

We focus on the development of the entire range of learning domains. This means that the best of accepted learning theory is built into the curricula. Cognitive (intellectual), affective (theological), and conative (usable) learning activities are completed by students.

The Knoxville Leadership Foundation brings together people from all walks of life to address the needs of our city. They target five specific areas of need: homes for the working poor, home repair for those who can’t afford it, help for non-profit groups, mentoring for children with parents in prison, and KnoxWorx, a workforce development program to prepare teens and adults for their careers

The ultimate aim of Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, primarily by helping to strengthen their congregations. To that end, our religion grantmaking in recent years has consisted largely of a series of major, interlocking initiatives aimed at enhancing and sustaining the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.