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?
- How many students are accepted each fall into an RTS MABS cohort?
- 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 and when will it begin?
- 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 66 credit hour 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 a combination of live lectures in NYC and 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 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. In the MABS, he is presently the professor of record in one course, Living the Christian Life in Secular Culture, and team-teaches in another, Introduction to Pastoral & Theological Studies, with Dr. Ligon Duncan.
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, chancellor’s professors, adjunct and guest professors. Some of the professors may 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 are available for the MABS program for students accepted and enrolled into an upcoming cohort. More information regarding how to apply and who qualifies, is available each spring during enrollment season. Additional 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.
• The tuition rate for the 2017-18 AY is $515 per credit hour, making the cost of tuition: (1) for 33 credit hours per year (2 year program), approximately $16,9935; (2) for 22 credits per year (3 year program), approximately $11,330; (3) for 16 credits per year (4 year program), approximately $8,240; plus fees when applicable.
*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. How many will be accepted into the RCM program? We anticipate accepting a cohort of 25 each year.
12. Is the RCM program open to international students? Yes. The RTS application includes additional requirements that International students need to satisfy when making application. International students should speak with the RTS NYC Admissions office to discuss requirements for the program. At this time, RTS and CTC are not approved with SEVIS to grant student visas.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Can I take the MABS program part-time? While our preference is for students to be involved full-time (two or three year schedule) and go through the program in two or three academic years, we recognize full-time is not be feasible for all students. So, we will also accept students that will participate on a part-time basis, with a plan to complete the MABS in four years.
16. 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.
17. 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 16) in NYC and to deliver up to 49% of the MABS residentially in NYC.
18. What is the City Ministry Year and when will it begin? The CMY is a one-year full time (2 years if taken part time) training program consisting of cohort based classroom study and tutored ministry review (case studies, preaching, etc.) that equips students for gospel ministry especially in cities. The CMY covers what is called “practical theology” and corresponds roughly to the year of practical theology courses offered in many US MDiv programs. Courses are arranged under four practical areas of ministry: preaching, pastoring, leading & cultural engagement. The CMY will begin September 2017.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. What is a typical schedule for the CMY? Sessions are two weekdays from 9am to 5pm, plus additional hours of reading and ministry projects each week.
22. 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.
23. What is the cost of the CMY? The cost of the one year CMY program is approximately $9,800 plus cost of reading materials for full time students and half that cost for students taking the program per year if taking part time over 2 years.
24. Who will be the faculty of the CMY? Faculty will include Tim Keller, staff from Redeemer and Redeemer City to City and other ministry leaders and practitioners from NYC and other cities
25. What is the application process and deadline? The application process for the RTS MABS involves completing (a) the RTS Application and (b) an addendum of 5 questions for the RCM program. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is necessary to apply. RTS recognizes all schools accredited by “regional” accreditors (e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Applications are not being received for admission into the 2018-19 academic year (fourth cohort) which begins September 2018. See the RTS NYC website www.rts.edu/newyork for application deadlines. Contact information for the RTS NYC Admissions Office:
Mail: RTS New York City Admissions
Attn: Brittain Brewer, Director of Admissions
2101 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 800-227-2013 or 704-366-4853
(2) The application process for the CMY will be begin spring 2017. Applications can be found on the City to City website: http://www.redeeemercitytocity.com/