A certificate program to equip NYC leaders for urban ministry effectiveness






We train leaders worldwide to build gospel movements in their cities. In NYC, we use our extensive experience and expertise to catalyze church planting efforts and develop leaders to serve a gospel movement that seeks the renewal of the entire city. Because NYC is a uniquely challenging place for churches, we provide specialized training that equips leaders for gospel ministry here.


The Training


CMY offers practical training designed for leaders called to ministry in the unique urban context of NYC. Many participants go through the program upon completion of an M.A. from RTS New York City or from another seminary, but the program can also be taken as a support to ongoing ministry. Designed to train leaders in New York, for New York, the program addresses key ministry competencies from a distinctively urban perspective.


The City Ministry Year addresses four skill areas vital for urban ministry. Students may choose to study only selected areas or complete all four tracks in one or two years.




Classroom Study

Instructors in each track are experienced urban practitioners in their ministry felds, including Dr. Timothy Keller, City to City staff, NYC pastors, and other ministry leaders from the US and around the world. Instead of traditional papers, assignments will often include reflection and feedback on eld experience, or actual ministry products such as Bible expositions and sermons, ministry designs and plans, and pastoral case studies.


Ministry Experience

Students must find a ministry role that provides pastoral and ministry supervision and mentorship. These positions can be paid or unpaid, but must require at least 15 hours per week.


Learning Cohorts

Students are part of small cohorts that meet regularly to connect classroom sessions with eld ministry experiences. In these cohorts, students discuss case studies, debrief ministry assignments, and practice shared spiritual disciplines. Cohort meetings for students in the Preaching track also include opportunities to develop, deliver, and receive feedback on 8-12 Bible expositions on assigned passages and themes.


The Details


Tuition is $2,450 per concentration area, or $9,800 total for students completing all four areas. Books are not included. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Classes are held in midtown Manhattan. Full time students will attend classes two full days per week for one year. Part time students will attend one full day per week for two years. The program year runs from late August to late May.


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