RTS New York City
REDEEMER CITY MINISTRY (RCM) Program - FAQs
- What is the Redeemer City Ministry Program?
- What is the goal of the RCM program?
- How will the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) degree be delivered in NYC?
- Where can I learn more about the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) that will be presented in the Redeemer City Ministry program?
- Will I need to live in NYC?
- Will the RCM program provide acceptable preparation for ordination?
- What is Tim Keller’s involvement in the RCM program?
- Who will be the professors of the MABS courses?
- Can I transfer credits into the MABS?
- Is financial aid available for the MABS program?
- What is the general timeline for the startup of the RCM program?
- How many will be accepted into the RCM program?
- Is the RCM program open to international students?
- Where will I live if moving to NYC?
- Are internships available with churches in the city and if so, how can I learn about getting an internship?
- Can I take the MABS program part-time?
- Where are classes held?
- Is the MABS degree accredited? What institution grants the degree?
- What is the City Ministry Year?
- I already have an MA or M Div. Can I still apply for the CMY?
- How will the CMY be delivered in NYC?
- What is a typical schedule for the CMY?
- Will the CMY program offer seminary credit?
- What is the cost of the CMY?
- Who will be the faculty of the CMY?
- What is the application process and deadline?
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How will the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) 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 residentially in NYC.
4. Where can I learn more about the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) [MABS] that will be presented in the Redeemer City Ministry program? For more information on the MABS curriculum in the RCM program, go to this link: curriculum page.
5. 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.
6. Will the RCM program provide acceptable preparation for ordination?
The RCM program is designed so that graduates could pursue ordination. Candidates for the ministry and those under care of presbyteries 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.
7. What is Tim Keller’s involvement in the RCM program? Tim Keller will teach sessions in the City Ministry Year (CMY), especially in the preaching courses and may also team-teach one or two of the courses in the MABS program.
8. 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.
9. Can I transfer credits into the MABS? Yes, however, conditions apply.
[See RTS Catalog page 49: “Transfer Credits”]
10. Is financial aid available for the MABS program? Need-based scholarships will be available for the MABS program beginning the fall 2016 semester for (1) the present (first year) cohort of students, and (2) those students accepted and enrolled into the new (second year) cohort of students for fall 2016. Click here to go to the 2016-17 Scholarship Application. The deadline for submitting a 2016-17 Scholarship Application is May 7, 2016.
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 $475 per credit hour (2015-16 AY), the cost of tuition for the MABS at 33 credit hours per year is approximately $15,675 plus fees when applicable.
NOTE: Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year (beginning June 1, 2016) will be $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.
11. What is the general timeline for the startup of the RCM program? The first cohort of RTS New York City students started the program fall 2015. The City Ministry Year (CMY) will begin early September 2017, after the first cohort of students have completed the MABS.
12. How many will be accepted into the RCM program? We anticipate accepting a cohort of 25 each year.
13. Is the RCM program open to international students? Yes. The RTS application includes some additional requirements that International students need to satisfy when making application.
14. 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.
15. Are internships available with churches in the city and if so, how can I learn about getting an internship? We encourage students to have internships at local churches throughout the city and we will help provide information about the various churches that offer internships.
16. Can I take the MABS program part-time? We prefer students participate as a full-time learning cohort that continue together throughout the program. Yet, we recognize that may not be feasible for all students. So, we may accept some students that can only be in the program on a part-time basis.
17. Where are classes held? Classes for the RCM program will be held in two locations, (1) in midtown Manhattan at 1166 Avenue of Americas - 16th Floor (on 6th Avenue between W 45th and W 46th), the office location for Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Redeemer City to City, and (2) at 150 W 83rd St (between Columbus and Amsterdam), the location for Redeemer’s West Side congregation.
18. 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 residentially in NYC.
19. What is the City Ministry Year? The City Ministry Year (CMY) is a one-year residential training program consisting of cohort based classroom study and mentored learning alongside a ministry experience that equips students for gospel ministry especially in urban center settings. CMY covers what is called “practical theology” and corresponds roughly to the year of those courses offered in many US MDiv programs. Courses are arranged under four practical ministry areas: preaching, pastoring, leading and cultural engagement.
20. I already have an MA or M Div. Can I still apply for the CMY? Yes, a few slots will be available each year in the CMY for qualified students that already have their MA or MDiv.
21. How will the CMY be delivered in NYC? Twenty-eight (28) non-accredited units constitute the CMY curriculum delivered over two semesters. Each semester lasts 14 weeks, roughly from early September to mid-December, and from early February to mid-May.
22. What is a typical schedule for the CMY? Classroom learning is Monday through Thursday mornings, 9am – 12 noon with an additional 18 hours of reading and ministry projects each week.
23. Will the CMY program offer seminary credit? The CMY program is a non-accredited degree program; however, students completing the CMY will receive a certificate of program completion from CTC.
24. What is the cost of the CMY? The cost of the one year CMY program is approximately $9,800 plus cost of reading materials.
25. Who will be the faculty of the CMY? Faculty will be city ministry practitioners from NYC and other cities. Faculty will include staff from Redeemer church, staff of Redeemer City to City and other ministry leaders.
26. What is the application process and deadline? The application process involves completing (1) the RTS Application and (2) an addendum of 5 questions for the RCM program. The 5 questions are included at the end of the online application for completion and submission with the online application, but can be reviewed by clicking on the “Application Addendum” link above under Topics.
Applications are now being received for admission into the 2017-18 academic year (third cohort), which begins September 2017. The first operating deadline for completing and submitting a NYC application for the fall 2017 is February 10, 2017, with acceptance notifications given shortly thereafter. The second operating deadline for application submission is March 10, 2017, with acceptance notifications given shortly thereafter.
Contact information for RTS New York Admissions Office:
RTS New York City Admissions
Attn: Edward Murray, Director of Admissions
2101 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Phone: 800-227-2013 or 704-366-4853