Last September, City to City (CTC) piloted the Apprentice Program, which was designed to partner with New York City pastors and church planters to develop young leaders for the gospel movement in the city. On June 11th, 20 young men and women completed this nine month experience and became the first graduates of the program.
The Apprentice program consists of five Saturday morning learning sessions, a church plant visit, and a visit to a mercy ministry in the city. Pastors supervise an apprentice during a church ministry assignment and meet with them for coaching. This dual approach helps apprentices integrate what they learn into their daily life and ministry, gives a lift to the churches they serve, and prepares graduates for ministry in the city.
The program is the first stage of the leadership pipeline we are developing in New York City and equips participants to engage the city with the gospel and identify their calling. Some of these leaders have begun to sense a call to church planting and will move into seminary, Fellows, and Incubator programs as they prepare to launch new congregations. Others are marketplace leaders committed to supporting church planting efforts as they bring the gospel to bear on their work.
The Apprentice Program will officially launch this September with a cohort of 80 from over 30 churches! It is our privilege to work alongside pastors and planters as God raises leaders and laborers for his church in New York City.