What is the redeemer city ministry program?
The Redeemer City Ministry Program (RCM) is a strategic partnership between Redeemer City to City (CTC) and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) to provide theological education and practical ministry training in New York City. The RCM program seeks to prepare ministry leaders “in the city for the city.” RCM will involve RTS providing a two-year Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) complemented by a subsequent year of practical training called the City Ministry Year (CMY) provided by CTC.
What is the goal of the RCM program?
The goal of the program is prepare leaders called to serve the church and other ministries in NYC or other major cities of the world. These leaders include aspiring church planters, pastors, ministry leaders and marketplace leaders. We believe if someone is preparing to minister in an urban environment, it is best that they get their foundational theological education within that environment, so they can process what they are learning in the midst of life and ministry in the city.
How will the Master of Arts - Biblical Studies (MABS) degree be delivered in NYC?
Courses will be delivered using various methods with the goal of a cohort classroom experience with every course. Course delivery for the MABS will include (1) courses with all lectures live in NYC, (2) courses with all lectures streamed live into the NYC classroom, (3) online courses using the Canvas LMS, and (4) courses which combine online and live delivery methods. At this time, up to 49% of the courses can be delivered in NYC.
Where can i learn more about the mABS that will be presented in the redeemer city ministry program?
Visit our curriculum page for more information on the MABS curriculum in the RCM program.
Will I need to live in NYC?
Yes, students will need to live in NYC or the region to participate in the learning community of the program and have the benefit of learning from the city.
Where will i live if moving to NYC?
Since we will not be offering student housing, students coming to NYC will need to secure their own housing arrangements. Housing can be expensive and those accepted into the program can utilize various NYC websites to help your housing search.
Will the RCM program provide acceptable preparation for ordination?
The RCM program is designed so that graduates can pursue ordination. Candidates for the ministry are encouraged to talk to their denominational representatives about how this program meets the academic and training requirements for ordination.
The RTS MABS offers all the Biblical, theological, and historical studies of the MDiv. All the practical theology that is ordinarily delivered within the MDiv for academic credit will instead be taught in the CMY by practitioners who are ministering in the city. Therefore, all the subjects, bases and topics of the MDiv are covered. Some presbyteries and denominations have standards for training that ordain candidates with a MA, as long as all the topics and subjects have been taught and the practical areas of ministry are learned and experienced. The RCM program in NYC seeks to meet those standards.
Who will be the professors of the MABS courses?
For the MABS degree, professors will come from the RTS system of full-time faculty, adjunct professors, and guest lecturers. Some of the professors will come from the NYC region and may include staff of Redeemer City to City.
Can i transfer credits into the mabs?
Yes, however conditions apply. See RTS Catalog, page 49: Transfer Credits.
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR THE MABS PROGRAM?
Need-based scholarships are available for the MABS program for students accepted and enrolled into an upcoming cohort. More information regarding how to apply and who qualifies, is available each spring during enrollment season. Additional things to keep in mind regarding financial aid:
- RTS does not participate in the Federal student loan program.
- We desire that students avoid building school loan debt.
- The tuition rate for the 2017-18 AY is $515 per credit hour, making the cost of tuition: (1) for 33 credit hours per year (2 year program), approximately $16,9935; (2) for 22 credits per year (3 year program), approximately $11,330; (3) for 16 credits per year (4 year program), approximately $8,240; plus fees when applicable.
*If you are interested in making tax deductible contributions to help with student scholarships for the RCM program, please go to our donation page.
Is the RCM program open to international students?
Yes. The RTS application includes additional requirements that International students need to satisfy when making application. International students should speak with the RTS NYC Admissions office and/or the Director of the City Ministry Year to discuss requirements for the programs. At this time, RTS New York and CTC are not approved with SEVIS to grant student visas.
Are internships available with churches in the city? how can i learn about getting an internship?
We encourage students to have internships at local churches throughout the city and will work with interested students to provide information about available internships/
CAN I TAKE THE MABS PROGRAM PART-TIME?
While our preference is for students to be involved full-time (two or three year schedule) and go through the program in two or three academic years, we recognize full-time is not be feasible for all students. So, we will also accept students that will participate on a part-time basis, with a plan to complete the MABS in four years.
Is the MABS degree accredited? What institution grants the degree?
The MABS in the RCM program will be granted by RTS, delivered by RTS Global Education. The RTS MABS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools- the Commission on Accrediting (ATS) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools- Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). RTS also has permission from ATS, SACS-COC, and the New York State Board of Regents to operate at two approved sites (see FAQ 17) in NYC and to deliver up to 49% of the MABS on-site in NYC.