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?
Scholarships are available for the MABS program for students accepted and enrolled into an upcoming cohort. More information regarding how to apply, who qualifies, and types of scholarships available (need based, church partnership, etc.) is posted on the RTS NYC website each spring during enrollment season. Other 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.
- At the present tuition rate of $495 per credit hour (2016-17 AY), the cost of tuition for the MABS at 33 credit hours per year is approximately $16,335 plus fees when applicable.
- The proposed tuition rate for the 2017-2018 AY (beginning June 2017) is $495 per credit hour.
*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. RTS is seeking approval with SEVIS to grant I-20 student visas to international students accepted into the program. The current status is unknown, but we will update this space as soon as we have more information.
For international students seeking to enroll in only the CMY program we are not certain the requirements for student visas since the CMY program is a non-accredited degree program and need to determine how international students can participate in this program.
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?
Our preference is that students be involved as full-time students and go through the program as a cohort in two academic years. Yet, we recognize full-time may not be feasible for all students. So, we plan to accept some students (depending on room) that can only participate on a part-time basis, i.e., with a plan to complete the MABS in three or 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.