Through the School of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, the Urban Plunge program is designed to provide a select number of upper-level undergraduate 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 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

Students are challenged to connect classroom concepts with concrete applications in an urban ministry environment.

Spiritual Formation

Through common retreat, consistent personal reflection, mentoring, 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 from within a strategic neighborhood, students are provided with the resources necessary to cultivate intentional relationships in a collaborative environment.



  • Rising junior or senior at Johnson University
  • Willing to live and serve in an urban community in Knoxville
  • Ability to commute to Johnson University’s campus
    to maintain a normal class load and complete a Johnson University degree
  • Apply with and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA

Cost of living is roughly the same as living on campus

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“Urban plunge through Johnson University has given me an opportunity to do ministry in a way that most other universities would not have allowed me to.”
– J.B. Faton