Office Hours: 

Monday 9:00-3:00

Tuesday 9:00-3:00

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 9:00-3:00

Friday 9:00-3:00

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943 Kenmore Blvd 

Akron, OH  44314

We exist to connect students and their communities to Christ and the church through real, loving, and non-threatening avenues.

Build His Kingdom Here


With over 16 years of experience in urban ministry, Christian community development, and expertise navigating various socio-economic & cross-cultural spaces, Noelle Beck and her team at First Glance have learned firsthand the importance of developing a biblical framework for the understanding of & appropriate engagement with urban ministry. 


With the help of this training program, participants will identify and engage with 4 main themes:


Challenging Assumptions

          A context different than my own

Living on Mission

          Gospel centered lifestyle within my current context

Biblical Foundations & Directives 

         Grounding all training in biblical truth


          Offering people a hand up, not a hand out


The goal is not to assert knowledge, but rather to join hand-in-hand with those wishing to be effective ministers of the gospel in contexts which may be outside the comfortable norm of their own. The content of each theme is flexible to the current context of the participants and aims to meet each group where they are at, helping them to explore what steps forward God may be calling them to take in an urban ministry context, as well as (and especially) the context they currently find themselves in. Those who participate will walk away with a better understanding of how to live on mission as a holistic lifestyle, all for the purpose of bringing God glory.