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Dr. Sean Benesh

Sean Benesh, DMin

Professor of Urban Missions
Urban Church Planting Specialist
International Experiences: Canada, Mexico





  • Doctoral Studies, Urban Planning and Community Development, Portland State University, Portland, OR
  • Doctor of Ministry, Transformational Leadership for the Global City, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA
  • Master of Arts, Church Planting and Church Growth, Simpson University, Redding, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Pastoral Ministries and Biblical Studies, Grace University, Omaha, NE


  • Church Planting in the Central City: An Examination of the Causes and Consequences in Seven Western Cities from 2000-2009 with a Deeper Look at the Creative Class in Gentrified Districts and Neighborhoods.

Academic Experiences

Adjunct Professor, Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR
Adjunct Professor, North Portland Bible College, Portland, OR
Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Portland NW Campus), Vancouver, WA
Adjunct Professor, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA
Adjunct Professor, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Trainer, Urban Life International (IMB), Vancouver, BC, Canada
Teacher's Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Teaching Specializations

  • Urban Ministry & Missions
  • Urban Church Planting
  • Community Development & Urban Planning
  • Urban Missiology

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Developer of Urban Strategy and Training, TEAM, Portland, OR
  • Director, PDX Loft (The Upstream Collective) in partnership with IMB, Portland, OR
  • Director, Epoch Center for Urban Renewal, Tucson, AZ; Burnaby, BC, Canada; Portland, OR
  • Director, The Red Couch (college campus ministries), Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Church Planting Strategist, Tucson, AZ and Springfield, IL (NAMB)
  • Church Planter, Tucson, AZ and Burnaby, BC, Canada

Publications (Books)

  • Exegeting the City: What You Need to Know About Church Planting in the City Today.Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2015.
  • The Urbanity of the Bible: Rediscovering the Urban Nature of the Bible. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2015.
  • Blueprints for a Just City: The Role of the Church in Urban Planning and Shaping the City’s Built Environment. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2015.
  • The Bikeable Church: A Bicyclist’s Guide to Church Planting. 2nd Edition. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2015.
  • The Multi-Nucleated Church: Towards a Theoretical Framework for Church Planting in High-Density Cities. 2nd Edition. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2015.
  • The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2014.
  • Vespas, Cafes, Singlespeed Bikes, and Urban Hipsters: Gentrification, Urban Mission, and Church Planting. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers, 2014.
  • View From the Urban Loft: Developing a Theological Framework for Understanding the City. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011.
  • Metrospiritual: The Geography of Church Planting. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011.
  • Transplant: Discovering the Church Planting Experience. Alpharetta, GA: North American Mission Board, 2008.

Publications (Chapter Contributions)

“The Geography of Church Planting.” In Text and Context: Church Planting in Post-Christendom Canada,
edited by Leonard Hjalmarson. Portland, OR: Urban Loft, 2013.

“Managing the Chaos.” In Ready?: Preparing for the Pressures of Church Planting, edited by John M. Bailey, Steve Canter, and Randy Ferguson. Alpharetta, GA: North American Mission Board, 2009.

Publications (Journal Articles)

“Pilgrim and Place: Reflections on Geography and Theology.” Journal of Urban Mission 3:1 (2013).

“Response: The Word on the Street: Biblical Reflections on God’s Reign in the City.” The New Urban World Journal 2 (2013) 45-46.