Honestly, failure has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It uprooted my identity as a church planter for God and reoriented my identity as a child of God.
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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.
I knew I was going to have a great experience when I applied to the first-ever Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) program based in New York City. From the vision of the partnership between RTS and Redeemer City to City (CTC), to the involvement of Tim Keller and others, the program was poised from the very beginning to be special. What I didn’t know was just how special it would be.
The students in this inaugural program bonded quickly. Beyond the great education we received over this past year, one of the most important experiences has been the building of deep friendships with fellow Christians who feel called to serve God in New York City. I didn't expect this kind of community, and it has been a tremendous joy to grow in knowledge and faith with my classmates. What CTC and RTS have created in New York City is unique, and I pray that the gospel movement here will be accelerated because of it. I look forward to seeing how God equips and brings together future classes as RTS and CTC continue to expand this graduate program.
Redeemer City to City (CTC) and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to provide a seminary education in New York City. This advances the vision of RTS to provide graduate theological education globally and that of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and its founding pastor, Dr. Timothy Keller, who started CTC to prepare ministry leaders, pastors and church planters for New York and cities internationally.