All RTS New York City students are encouraged to participate in our monthly formation community. These gatherings are intended to foster spiritual maturity, relational connection, and skill development. Our residential faculty and experienced NYC ministry practitioners provide spiritual encouragement, impartation of skills for ministry and an out-of-classroom context for the translation of biblical and theological concepts to ministry in New York City.

Each semester, a theme is chosen and an ancient or modern classic text will serve as a foundation for the semester. Students who participate in the gatherings throughout their time will experience some of the best literature and practices in preaching, shepherding, and leading.

Regardless of whether or not they participate in the monthly community, all students are offered a formal assessment from our Dean of Students to ensure that they begin the program with fresh awareness of their gifts, calling, and trajectory in ministry.