What We Do
We help you experience a city.
Living firsthand among the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of urban life is an irreplaceable experience. Our housing is located in the heart of their respective city, providing you with the opportunity to eat at local international restaurants and discover the delights of Salvadorian, Middle Eastern, Filipino, African–American, and other cuisine.
We help you learn a city.
There are unique issues and problems that each city faces. There are also unique and incredible things God is doing to foster and further His Kingdom in each city, through the indigenous organizations that operate on the front lines of urban ministry. You’ll learn what city dwellers face, and how to overcome challenging circumstances.
We help you help a city.
By offering your time, energy, and prayers, ministry sites are supported and built up to their full potential of service. You will be integrated into a variety of hands-on service opportunities to ensure that your time is spent supplying substantive help to God’s people in the city.
How We Started
In 1988, Ridge and Robanne Burns stepped out in faith to create an organization that would focus on building bridges from the suburbs to the urban centers in the United States.
The focus is on giving youth groups and churches a life changing short term urban experience.
“Center For Student Missions” started in Los Angeles, shortly expanded to Washington DC and Chicago, and today exists in 9 different US cities.