Planting hundreds of new churches citywide will require a long-term process to identify and train effective vocational ministers to lead them. The exceptional cost of living, density, diversity, energy, and competitive character of life in New York make it a uniquely challenging context for leaders. We want to develop leaders that are recruited and trained from New York, in New York, and for New York, so that pastors and lay people alike are equipped to foster meaningful dialogue with seekers and skeptics in this city context.
Grow a leadership pipeline that trains pastors from start to finish in New York City—and nurtures capacity for long-term commitment in New York
Launch “City Ministry Year”, a capstone year in the new seminary launched in 2015 with Reformed Theological Seminary
Launch a new lay leadership approach for New Yorkers that connects the gospel to different spheres of daily life
Tim Keller to pivot into Redeemer City to City as a trainer, coach and mentor on evangelism and preaching to the next generation of pastors and church leaders for New York
Coach leaders to be sensitive to the nuances of New York culture, but innovative to build community around often counter-cultural values like mercy, friendship, and hope
Train pastors to cultivate a gospel-centric church that is neither hostile toward culture nor too liberal to talk about Jesus
Tim Keller and experts at Redeemer Churches & Ministries and Redeemer City to City will work together to train, mentor, disciple, and send out urban leaders. As part of The New York Project, Tim Keller has pivoted from his role as Senior Pastor at Redeemer to maximize his ability to teach and mentor.
Planting new churches citywide will require a long-term process and partnership between
Redeemer City to City, Redeemer Churches & Ministries, and Tim Keller to identify and train the pastors and staff who will lead them.
young leaders exploring their calling
to vocational ministry
two-year M.A. in Biblical Studies in partnership
with Reformed Theological Seminary
City Ministry Year:
one-year post-seminary intensive in urban ministry
practical ministry internships in existing churches
two-year program to prepare pastors for Redeemer sites
Church Planting Fellows:
one year of church planting residencies prior to starting a church
two-year training program for leaders while they’re starting a church
City Lab + Church Leader Workshops:
ongoing training and community building among urban ministers