Urban Mission Dynamics (UMD) is a four day urban plunge into the heart of the city of Vancouver designed to expose students to the joys and challenges of urban ministry and focus on growing a heart for the city. Vancouver offers many diverse experiences and cultures. During UMD students spend an afternoon or evening exploring the downtown core where they interact and discover the diversity between neighborhoods and ethnicities, livelihoods and ministry. Students are encouraged to take this time and prayerfully seek God's heart for the beauty and diversity found in the city.
All first year students participate in UMD which is part of the Church in Mission course. Students engage in a number of activities over their four days including service projects at various mission and non-profit organizations, specifically serving the downtown eastside of Vancouver, along with involvement in local churches. Leadership on UMD consists of faculty, staff, alumni and senior students. It is a great bonding and learning opportunity for all students, and graduating students have often described it as being their most memorable and life-changing experience while at Columbia.