Fellows Program FAQs
Who can participate in the Fellows program?
The Fellows program is designed specifically for leaders who currently reside in the New York City area and are one to two years away from starting a church here. We focus on giving future planters a realistic expectation of what life and ministry are like in New York City. Fellows must be available to participate in an internship at a church or church plant.
Is the Fellows Program currently available outside New York City?
No, however you may consider taking a training course through City to City Learning.
What does the Fellows program involve?
The Fellows program consists of class sessions (seminars and learning modules) and reading assignments. Applicants should be affiliated with a church, denomination or a network that can provide an internship placement in a church or church plant in New York City, and be supervised by a pastor. Fellows should expect to spend most of their time in ministry at their assigned church.
When are class sessions held?
The Fellows program begins in September and ends in May. Classes generally take place once a week during business hours. Most sessions last two hours.
Where are class sessions held?
Class sessions are held in Manhattan, alternately at Redeemer City to City offices (Midtown) and at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Upper West Side).
How many people participate in the Fellows program each year?
There are typically six to eight Fellows each year.
How much does the Fellows program cost?
Thanks to the generosity of our giving community, Redeemer City to City covers all program costs including training materials, meals, etc.
Is it possible to work full-time while participating in the Fellows program?
Yes, though this is not ideal. Fellows should be prepared to devote a significant amount of time to their readings and their ministry assignment. Fellows who work should ensure that they have the flexibility to attend classes during business hours.
What are the teaching topics?
Theology and Practice of Urban Christian Ministry Seminar
Fellows participate in a monthly Theology and Practice of Urban Church Ministry seminar taught by Dr. Tim Keller.
- Gospel Renewal
- Ministry Contextualization & Culture
- Cities & City Ministry
- Church Models & Ministry
- Church Leadership
- Evangelism & Justice
- Preaching (2 sessions)
Gospel DNA Modules
Gospel DNA is a range of distinctive theological emphases and strategic ministry values and priorities that arise from sustained reflection on the gospel. It is a theological and practical understanding of how the gospel shapes all of life, from the heart, to a church, to the city. It is a distinctive urban vision of the world put into action. This material is divided into nine modules taught by City to City staff.
- Gospel Theology
- Gospel Renewal Dynamics
- Gospel Preaching
- City Focus
- Movement Dynamics
- Contextual Mission
- Church & Culture
- Integrative Mission
- Church Planting
Eight monthly seminars address various leadership competencies important for church planters. These seminars include reading assignments and learning exercises.
- Managing Vision & Purpose
- Difficult Conversations
- Developing Teams
- Developing Others
- Managing Change
What are the required reading assignments?
Fellows should expect to spend 16-20 hours monthly on reading assignments, including:
- White papers/articles (distributed upon acceptance into the program)
- Prodigal God and Center Church
- Additional books as needed, depending on previous experience and education
What else is expected of participants?
Before you proceed with the application process, please review the expectations below to determine whether the program is right for you.
- You plan to plant a new congregation/parish in the greater NYC area in partnership with a supporting church or network.
- You will make every effort to complete each of the critical steps in the process of starting this new congregation, including developing a proposal, recruiting a launch team, and raising the necessary financial resources.
- You will take the initiative to regularly update the Fellows program staff on the status of your church planting project and all related activities. At any time during the program, if you are unable to continue with this church planting project or if you engage in conduct unbecoming a minister of the gospel (e.g. moral issues), you will inform program staff immediately.
- You will complete all of the assigned reading before arriving at each session.
- You will attend each of the weekly Fellows sessions in their entirety. Repeated absences from these sessions will be grounds for dismissal from the program even if you give advance notice that you will be absent. A detailed program calendar will be provided after admission, and you will need to plan ahead to avoid conflicts with the dates provided.
Tell me about the application process
- Candidates fill out an inquiry form to tell us more about their background and plans to start a church.
- CTC schedules a call with the candidate to determine next steps, which may include any or all of the following:
- Recommended reading
- Church planting assessment
- Submitting a sermon
- Face-to-face meeting
- CTC sends the candidate an application.
- Within two weeks, the candidate completes the application and assessment (if applicable) and returns it to CTC.
- CTC schedules an interview with the candidate.
- CTC communicates the admission decision and next steps to the candidate.
What are the application deadlines? When are acceptance decisions communicated?
June 15: Final deadline for candidates to return their applications for September cadre. Generally, candidates will be informed of the admission decision at least one month prior to the start date.
I still have questions. Can I talk with someone from the City to City team about this?
If you still have questions after reading the program description in its entirety, please send us an email, and we’ll do our best to clear up any lingering questions.
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