For years the leadership of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Redeemer City to City have seen the need for a Reformed seminary in New York City. While New York enjoys a few seminaries of different traditions, our core values come from a Reformed understanding of the gospel that is crucial to our preaching, our vision for ministry, our spiritual formation and everything we do.
To that end we have been working for nearly a decade to start an accredited degree program, and in fall of 2014 New York State finally granted our application.
What does this mean? For Redeemer Church, it means ministry staff no longer have to commute or move to another city for years before being eligible to become a Redeemer pastor. We will be able to retain and train our staff and leaders while they remain involved full-time in ministry in New York.
Further, interested lay men and women will have access to deeper theological education, enriching the church in every area of their ministries.
For City to City, it means cultivating ministry leaders much earlier in their process of spiritual and professional formation. Instead of offering already-trained pastors a new paradigm of gospel preaching and ministry, we will be able to develop them more fully from an earlier stage while they participate in ministry to this city.
For both organizations, it means a whole new path for people in New York City to pursue a seminary degree and the practical experience they need to be effective in ministry.
The Redeemer City Ministry Program will offer two important components:
• A two-year Master of Arts of Biblical Studies (MABS) degree program through Reformed Theological Seminary (some classes taught virtually)
• City Ministry Year (CMY): one year of practical ministry training (including preaching, pastoral leadership and mission) through Redeemer City to City
Faculty for the MABS program will include RTS faculty as well as local adjuncts. For the CMY program, faculty will include Timothy Keller, Redeemer City to City staff, and local pastors. The first class for the MABS program will begin in fall of 2015 at our West 83rd Ministry Center.
Currently we are in the process of raising funds for scholarships. If interested you can donate at securecc.rts.edu/giving. Federal aid through student loans is not available.
If you or someone you know is considering full-time ministry, all information including how to apply is at www.redeemercitytocity.com/rcm. The application deadline is March 15.
If you have additional questions, contact Mark Reynolds at [email protected].