Strengthen a Church

City Ministry Program

This program will equip you with the spiritual formation, theological depth, and practical competencies you need to lead a church or non-profit ministry.



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, including Tim Keller, Yeathus Johnson, and many more.

Urban Networking Builds transdenominational relationships with fellow ministers

City Ministry Certification Recognizes acquisition of core ministerial competencies by awarding a Certificate in Urban Ministry from CTC NYC upon completion of the program.

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

Affordable Provides sessions at a low price 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 course 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

Transformative Learning

Unlike traditional seminary education, CMP delivers a holistic educational experience that enlightens your mind, stirs your affections, and equips you for effective urban ministry. Every class engages the head, the heart, and the hands, and teachers help you apply what you’re learning to your ministry context. The City Ministry Program will transform you and increase your effectiveness as a minister of the gospel.

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

Additional Info

If you have any questions about participating in the program or requirements, please see our FAQ.

CMP Intensives for 2022-2023

CMP Intensives are two-day workshops that offer focused content on specific ministry topics or areas of development. By bringing in gifted practitioners and teachers who are knowledgeable, experienced, and have a heart to develop young leaders, our intensives will empower you to grow in your ministry skills and calling.

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