Reason 4: Being encouraged by like minded practitioners
Well all need friendships and encouragement to do gospel work. This is particularly noticeable in inner city areas and housing estates where there are not so many brothers in arms. Whilst we might have friends in other contexts, at times we feel misunderstood about some of the unique problems we face. The UMP however brings together a variety of different people who not only love Jesus, but also work in the urban context. The individual contexts will vary, but there will still be huge similarities.
One student this year commented on how the 1 day a week he spends at the UMP training centre, gives him the fellowship and encouragement he needs to do church planting the rest of the week.