Since 1982, Hartford International University’s Black Ministries Program (BMP) has been a national model for building the leadership, training, and preaching skills of laity and clergy in the urban church. The program gives people of faith the tools they need to put their love of God into action for their church, their families, and their communities.
Although designed specifically for the leaders of black churches, the BMP services a diverse clientele from various social, cultural, and economic backgrounds, including Hispanic ministry. Clergy and laity, men and women, grow together in both mind and soul. Students of all denominational and religious backgrounds are welcome.
The Value of Experience
From the art of preaching to current trends in worship, you’ll learn from experienced religious leaders who also provide the theological underpinnings for their teaching. BMP alums often become our most cherished BMP faculty members.
Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff have decades of experience working with leaders of the urban church. They’ll help you explore contemporary issues ranging from environmental racism to affirmative action, and you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of building a powerful service in the Black religious context.Learn More
Our Black Ministries Program alumni group will welcome you into the fold! The group is an active and caring network that can help support your ministry.Learn More
A Name Change Not Taken Lightly
In one form or another, Hartford Seminary has been around for 187 years. While the campus has been in five different locations, and though we actually began as the Theological Institute of Connecticut, for most...
About the Black Ministry Program
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin K. Watts