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City Ministry Program

This 1-4 year program facilitates academic training as well as practical equipping and growth for Emerging Leaders.



This 1-4 year program facilitates academic training as well as practical equipping and growth for Emerging Leaders.


The City Ministry Program provides strategic urban education to pastors, parachurch ministers, seminary students, church planters, and emerging Christian leaders like you. Taught by a diverse team of experienced practitioners, CMP synthesizes robust, theologically-informed content with practical projects and actionable instruction to impact your ministry.

Our mission is to equip you for your work by rounding out your theological formation with critical skill development, transforming your vision for the church into fruitful ministry expression.

Program Highlights

Ministry Competency Focuses on spiritual formation and the cultivation of skills, practices, and disciplines necessary for city ministry

Integrated Learning Incorporates academic, pastoral, and practical components

Intimate Cohort Community Maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio with time allotted for directed conversations, peer-to-peer learning, and open Q&A sessions

Experienced Faculty Led by urban-facing, gospel-centered practitioners, headlined by Tim Keller

Urban Networking Builds transdenominational relationships with fellow ministers

City Ministry Certification Recognizes academic and ministerial achievements by granting ministry certification upon completion of the program

Flexible Scheduling Offers afternoon and evening classes along with a rotating schedule of tracks

Affordable Provides sessions a low price (roughly $25 per class period or $8.50 per hour) in addition to potential scholarship grants


Planter & Pastor Support To provide support, coaching, and mentoring for emerging church planters or pastors.

Leadership Training To facilitate quality training for effective and successful ministry within a leader’s particular context.

Urban Ministry Development To fill the gap for leaders who haven’t attended seminary or whose seminary did not adequately prepare them.

Networking Opportunities To facilitate networking with like-minded leaders within the city, and explore new models of ministry.

Process Development Develop a process that is informed by sound theology, philosophy of ministry, and best practices.

What CMP offers

Every class includes rich instruction from our first-class faculty, in-depth conversation with teachers and peers, and practical guidance for taking what you learn in CMP and implementing it in your ministry context. 

Each track enables you to build a personal ministry portfolio of the work you’ve completed. So, you’ll walk away from the program with a personalized repertoire of ministry plans that will serve you all throughout your ministry.

Ideal Candidates

  • CTC_NYC_Checkmark An Emerging Leader who is a new or young church planter, pastor, or leader within ministry
  • CTC_NYC_Checkmark Committed to conducting and pursuing ministry within the greater New York City context
  • CTC_NYC_Checkmark Possess a demonstrated track record of ministerial fruitfulness that others can testify to

Tracks and Modules

The heart of CMP consists of four learning tracks. Each track meets for three hours every week for two semesters (fall and spring) and includes a variety of modules. Modules are not offered à la carte; they are inextricably linked to the other modules in the track to provide a comprehensive learning experience. 

Additional Info

CMP follows the academic calendar with each class meeting weekly for 3 hours from September through December and February through May. Participants in the program may choose to study any number and combination of ministry areas they choose, completing the full program in 1 to 4 years.

Foundational intensives on Center Church, Urban Ministry and Church, Ministry & Culture are typically offered in early fall and January. Each track of the City Ministry Program is $2,000 per program year. Need-based financial aid is available for students who are actively serving in ministry in NYC.

We grow leaders in four areas of ministry

Leadership Aims to develop you into a catalytic, Spirit-empowered leader for your church by equipping you with a wide range of skills to advance citywide gospel momentum.

Mission Trains you to grow and nurture communities of practical gospel witnesses, with a focus on how to do evangelism and apologetics in our current cultural climate.

Pastoring builds your pastoral toolkit and prepares you to be spiritual shepherds to the church by cultivating depth in your use of Scripture for everyday ministry.

Preaching teaches you how to proclaim Christ in a way that is faithful to the Scriptures, relevant to your cultural context, and compelling to your audience.

Interested in learning if you qualify to participate in the City Ministry Program?