City

At City Seminary, we come together as neighbors, families, churches, and friends to listen for what God is doing in the city. We become God's peace by learning and growing together through the practices of ministry including Scripture, the arts, the senses, prayer, pilgrimage, and the classroom. Together we cultivate transformative and experiential learning, embody a model of applied theology, and develop generations of leaders for ministry.

Being a part of City Seminary helps to inspire and sustain faithful and innovative practices for a lifetime of ministry. Whether we work on Wall Street or in the South Bronx, we walk alongside each other as we seek to use our gifts and callings to serve Christ in the city.

For more information or to RSVP for an open house, please email learning@cityseminaryny.org.

City Seminary of New York is dedicated to being an intercultural and multi-ethnic community. City Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, marital status, national origin, veteran status or disability in its admission policies and educational programs.

Master of Arts in Ministry in the Global City

City Seminary’s Master of Arts degree in Ministry in the Global City is an ideal program of study for individuals already involved in ministry and leadership in New York City, and for all who are interested in a lifetime of ministry in the global city. It is a unique 39-credit graduate program that combines a learning community experience with fellow New Yorkers, an integrated curriculum emphasizing scripture, prayer, urban ministry practices, adaptive leadership, and creative and entrepreneurial ministry. With the city as the classroom, and the focus and background of every course, students will be prepared for the challenges of living and thinking theologically in a growing and changing, increasingly diverse world Christian church.  

Program outcomes include:

  • A deepened sense of vocation to ministry in the city in all areas of life
  • Tools and practices for adaptive ministry in the city
  • Development of a pattern of spiritual formation grounded in Scripture, prayer, and community
  • Engagement in the global mission of the church
  • Belonging to a collaborative network of fellow urban church leaders

This work is supported and led by a faculty that combines real world experience with a commitment to scholarship that serves the global church. Students and faculty will work together to understand the city as emergent and in complex forms, explore new developments in the urban church within a global context, and grapple with Scripture for the love of God, neighbor, and the city. New projects and ministries will be explored, and new concepts and grounded practices will be developed. 

Ministry Fellows Program

From the South Bronx to Wall Street, and Flushing to Harlem, at City Seminary of New York, the city is our classroom. New York’s diverse churches, neighborhoods, streets, restaurants, subway lines, networks, and history are our curriculum. City Seminary of New York is a community of learning focused on the practice of ministry in our urban world. Building on what God is doing in the city, the Ministry Fellows Program is an introductory urban ministry leadership course designed to encourage the work of hopeful and faithful ministry in the city, to provide leadership training in the practice of urban ministry, and to establish learning communities from diverse backgrounds for accountability and formation. Primarily for those active in ministry who may have limited access to prior urban ministry training, the program was launched in 2009 with generous support from the Lilly Endowment. Fellows come from all walks of life and boroughs across New York City.

Completion of this program is a prerequisite to admission to the Master of Arts in Ministry in the Global City.

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Since 2009, students, faculty, alumni and neighbors have gathered in communities across the five boroughs of New York City to walk the streets, “ground-truth” or calibrate what has been written about a place with the sensory experience of being physically present, bear witness of God at work, pause with a stranger to pray together, and enjoy the local cuisine that is so much a part of the life of our diverse city. As Robert Linthicum reminds us, we cannot love our city unless we know it, and so we do this, one neighborhood at a time. 

WE LEAD NYC Youth Seminary

WE LEAD NYC is an eight-month intensive program (October - following May) for high-school students and youth leaders who desire to be grounded in their Christian faith and connected with others in the city. The goal of WE LEAD NYC is to nurture youth communities in the city for lives of purpose and joy through leadership development, spiritual formation, and ministry practice. We cultivate active Listening as a practice, encourage vocational Exploration as a journey, equip Ambassadors to build bridges, and root Disciples in the Word.

Our expectation is that 2 to 3 high school youth come with an adult from their local church (a youth leader, volunteer, or pastor) to participate in the program. The program meets monthly on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM for large and small group activities in Harlem and around the city, with one-on-one meetings and community service in between. The subsidized program fee for youth is $150 with scholarships available. Youth leaders attend for free. Returning graduates can serve as peer mentors and receive a $500 fellowship upon completion. Open houses are held in the spring and applications are due no later than September 11, 2018. 

Thriving in Ministry Initiative

Generously supported by the Lilly Endowment, the goal of the Thriving in Ministry initiative is to walk alongside pastors in our city and nurture networks of mutual support, care, and well-being in a complex and ever-changing urban context. This will be implemented through collaborative inquiry groups, action learning conversations (praxis groups), spiritual direction retreats, and annual gatherings over the next 5-6 years, providing a foundation for long-term impact and continuity in years to follow. Diverse ways of engagement (particularly, the use of the arts, games, and expressive ways of knowing) will be intentionally incorporated into the process, as a way to support adult learning and development with diverse participants. Following what has been successful in other peer learning experiences, it is our aim that our initiative leads to thriving across personal, family, and communal settings for the peace of the city.

For more information, please contact Geomon George at geomon@cityseminaryny.org.

Bible for Life

The Bible for Life course is a non-credit, seven-session weekly Tuesday evening course that provides an overview of the Bible. Students come to understand their place in the unfolding story of God's relationship with creation, from Genesis through Revelation. The course is taught by a faculty team including Geomon George and Mark Gornik. The subsidized cost is $100 including course materials, and is offered twice a year (fall / spring semesters). Informational open houses are offered throughout the year to provide information about the course.

Completion of this program is a prerequisite to admission to the Master of Arts in Ministry in the Global City.

Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry (WILAM)

Every January, women involved in leadership and ministry from across the city gather for a time of learning, sharing, reflection, and retreat from the everyday challenges and opportunities of "being" in the city. The symposium, which began in 2013, focuses on the annual seminary theme. Past symposia have addressed work-life balance and calling, spiritual direction, practicing hospitality, creativity and the arts, and healing for the peace of the city. An integral part of this gathering is intentional space for quiet and restoration of the body and spirit through the arts and reflection, as well as the engagement of the mind through panels and conversation. Check back in the fall for more information on our upcoming symposium.