NYC ministry leaders


1-2 years


Equipping NYC leaders for urban ministry effectiveness

the training

The City Ministry Year is a certificate program that offers practical training designed for leaders called to ministry in the unique urban context of New York City. 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.


vital skill areas

The goal of the City Ministry Year is ministry effectiveness, not just academic knowledge. We address 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.




Preaching Christ, Preaching to the Culture, Preaching to the Heart, Exposition



Evangelism and Apologetics, Justice and Mercy, Faith and Work


pastoral ministry

Pastoral Theology, Gospel Spirituality, Pastoral Counseling, Worship



Catalyzing, Organizing, Managing, Finance

the program

There are three essential components to the City Ministry Year:

classroom study

Instructors in each track are experienced urban practitioners in their ministry fields, including Dr. Timothy Keller, City to City staff, NYC pastors, and other ministry leaders from the US and around the world.

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 field ministry experiences.

the details



  • A calling to serve the gospel movement in NYC
  • An interest in seeking further urban ministry practical training

A seminary degree is not required.

For students who complete the M.A. in Biblical Studies through CTC and Reformed Theological Seminary, the City Ministry Year covers the "practical theology" typically found in the third year of an M.Div. program.



  • Tuition is $2450 per concentration area, or $9800 total for students completing all four areas
  • 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 day per week for two years.
  • The program year runs from late August to late May

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If City Ministry Year sounds like the right fit for you, and if you match the qualifications of the program, contact us to request more information.


Redeemer City to City's New York programs are funded by the New York Project, a joint strategy of Redeemer Churches and Redeemer City to City.