SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary says
SUM is a private, coeducational, Bible College connected with its Pentecostal/ Charismatic Christian community. This movement generated a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and gender-inclusive fellowship empowered by the Holy Spirit. Evangelism, peacemaking, and reconciliation became the hallmark of this fellowship. The Pentecostal/Charismatic movement reached out to all people with the Gospel, creating a strong commitment to cultural diversity, racial reconciliation, and gender equality which is reflected in the values of the School of Urban Missions.
The New Orleans School of Urban Missions started in 1991 when its founder, George Neau, was pastor of an inner city church in a predominantly needy area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He saw the need to develop ethnic leadership to reach the moral, spiritual, and financial needs of impoverished neighborhoods. The new school, Inner City Evangelism (ICE), was moved to New Orleans in 1992 and became New Orleans School of Urban Missions. In 1993 SUM purchased the former Delta College campus on the Westbank of New Orleans. Drawing from the major cities of America, the college has trained students who have established urban ministries and churches. A second SUM campus was opened in Oakland, California in December of 2000. In 2004 the campuses of the New Orleans School of Urban Missions and the Oakland School of Urban Missions were merged to form one college, the School of Urban Missions.
The School of Urban Missions is a Bible College that equips indigenous leaders from America's urban communities by offering an affordable theological education combining academic instruction with practical hands on ministry. Our mission empowers these leaders to be instruments of change in their respective communities.