New York City: A Lab for the Global Church

From the 2016 Annual Report.

The gospel movement in New York City is at a historic inflection point. Over the last 15 years, the number of churches grew from 100 to 251, and the body of Christ grew from 1% to 5% in center-city Manhattan. 

After two years of prayer and planning, in early 2016 CTC and Redeemer Presbyterian Church came together to create a new collaborative partnership for a strategy called the New York Project–an initiative focused on increasing the 5% of Christians to 15% over the next 10 years.

Tripling the number of Christians will have an exponential effect on the patterns of life in NYC and could amount to a tipping point of gospel influence throughout this city and cities globally. This kind of growth in NYC provides a strong home base for CTC and will continue to serve as a catalyst for a gospel movement around the world.

2016 Highlights:

  • In order to better reach secular New Yorkers, 85 New York pastors, church leaders and seminary students attended a training hosted by Tim Keller and Ravi Zacharias to address some of the hardest apologetic questions of our day, from economic inequality to gender identity. 
  • A class of 73 apprentices from 33 churches across the city joined a new nine-month Apprentice Program created by CTC to help New York pastors develop young adult congregants into potential leaders, deepen their daily experience of the gospel, identify their unique calling and understand how to engage the city effectively. 
  • CTC awarded 20 seminary scholarships (with plans to award 15-20 more) to incoming students for the master’s degree offered by Reformed Theological Seminary in NYC in partnership with CTC. The program specifically recruits leaders who are called to vocational ministry or church leadership in New York.
  • To support bivocational pastors across the city, CTC repackaged the monthly Incubator training into a format that works with these pastors’ full schedules. The first cohort of this new program, called The Lab, was launched in September.