WHY DO THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
In Jesus’ day there were intense procedures in place to train Jewish men to be teachers and religious leaders. Prospective leaders participated in a rigorous and competitive process that involved years of strict training beginning in childhood. The men who made it through were well respected and honored in the Jewish culture. They were called Pharisees and they were the ones who fought against Jesus and pushed for his death.
Jesus chose a very different approach in training the disciples he would entrust with establishing the church. He said, “Follow me" and called his people to take the path downward. As the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest, Jesus said, “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26). Jesus set a pattern of downward mobility. “[He] emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8) God calls us to have this same mindset as we follow Him!
The City Impact School of Ministry is a training ground for Christian leadership. With a focus on humility before the Lord, School of Ministry students will be challenged to join Jesus in the process of downward mobility in life, learning what it means to humble themselves, and serving the forgotten in the inner city of San Francisco.
WHEN IS THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY IN SESSION?
Our program has 2 different terms that may be repeated:
1) Summer Bootcamp: This session begins the first week of June and ends the third week of August.
2) Nine Month: This full course begins the last week of August and ends the last week of May.
* If your schedule conflicts with either the start or end date possible arrangements may be made.
WHO IS THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY FOR?
This program is for those who are ready for God to lead them in their next step. A season in ministry will be life-changing for a high school graduate unsure of their next step, a college student looking for an internship for the summer, or a recent college graduate responding to their calling.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
The School of Ministry reflects City Impact's twofold focus to see revival in the Tenderloin as well as to equip and train believers to do ministry. We aim to release young adults into taking on leadership in God's ongoing ministry, develop lasting Christ-centered relationships, serve in tangible ways, and provide formal ministerial training.
Our students discover their calling in Christ through a hands-on experience in our community programs and engagement in one of our focused ministry tracks:
You will be challenged to develop healthy organizational culture, build a trustworthy and mature team, and create effective systems for the Kingdom of God. You will have a rotational role through our departments to learn a variety of leadership skills and methods.
You will be challenged to discover the spiritual gift of hospitality, host and encourage believers, and grow a passion for sustaining a ministry. You will work behind the scenes with City Impact to serve the community, the church, and the Tenderloin community.
You will be challenged to communicate sound theology, engage with different world-views, and approach others with humility and love. You will rotate through the ministry to discover how each department works in conjunction to reach one life at a time.
You will be challenged to transform a community through education, engage with students from different backgrounds, and learn to be an effective inner city educator. You will be a part of SF City Academy, our K-8 private Christian school, located in the heart of the inner city.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
Click on the Apply tab, fill out our online application, and submit your references. After we receive your application we will contact you for a video call interview. Lastly, the admissions staff contact you and make a final decision.
WHAT WOULD I BE ABLE TO DO AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM?
There are a few different options that we promote for a next step from our School of Ministry:
1) Return as a School of Ministry student for another year (up to 4 years of unaccredited coursework)
2) Return as a college student and take classes through Northwest University to earn higher eduation.
3) Continue your ministry in the Tenderloin by finding a job in the area and practicing the training you have received in your nine months here.
4) Return to your home and use your training to transform your community for Jesus.
5) Connect with missions and serve God where you are called.
HOW LONG IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
After receiving your application and references, you will be contacted for a phone interview and an admissions decision will be quickly made.
WHAT SORT OF CLASSES WILL WE BE TAKING?
For the 9 month program, there will be two different tracks with a rolling curriculum:
1) The Bible: By the end of each 9 month term, students will have gained Bible study methods, a survey of the Bible, and an overview of the major themes and key books in Scripture.
2) Christian Leadership Topics: Topics such as Apologetics, How to Study the Bible, Church History and Structures, Missions, Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Disciplines, Marriage and Singleness, Personal Finance and Discipleship will be discussed throughout the 9 month term.
The summer program will involve portions of these classes that will change based on the summer.
For more information, contact School of Ministry.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO RAISE/PAY FOR THE PROGRAM AND HOUSING?
School of Ministry fees are as follows:
Registration Fee (non-refundable) - $500 per term
Housing Fee (covers basic lodging and utilities) - $750 per month (triple occupancy, shared bathroom)
Activities Fee (covers groceries, class materials, speaker fees, and some activities) - $150 per month
Maintnenance Fee (covers community cleaning supplies) - $50 per month
9 Month 2019-2020 = $8,550.00
Summer 2019 = $2,375.00
Food donations and groceries are available for students to partake in order to save on costs.
WHEN DO I NEED TO HAVE THE MONEY PAID?
9 month students are required to have $3375 paid before arrival and the remaining balance paid before December 30th. Summer students are required to have paid the full amount for your term to be paid a month prior to your arrival.
DO YOU ONLY TAKE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE?
Unfortunately, spots are limited as deemed by available housing. Be sure to get your application submitted as soon as possible. Priority in space will be given toward those who apply first.
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
Yes. Students need to be at least 18 years old and no older than 30.
CAN I HAVE A PART-TIME JOB OR TAKE A FEW CLASSES WHILE BEING A STUDENT?
We require that full time students always be available and are unable to be employed. The schedule is very rigorous and we want to enable each student to succeed in their ministry. As an instructional site for Northwest University, interested students can earn their college degrees through our partnership with Northwest. If you would like special consideration, feel free to reach out to our School of Ministry team to discuss your situation.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MOVE THERE? CAN I BE THERE INDEFINITELY?
Unfortunately, we don’t offer long term housing. Those interested in being involved long term can locate their own housing nearby and then start getting involved as a volunteer or apply for available jobs through our career page.
WHERE WOULD I LIVE?
As a full time student, you will live at one of our newly renovated properties on Taylor Street. It will be within a one–two minute walk of all of our sites here at City Impact. Space is limited so please pack wisely. Here is a list of suggested items:
Bedding (pillow sheets blanket)
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, hair dyers, etc.)
Towels (two is usually sufficient)
Clothes (Jeans, T-shirts, 1-2 nice outfits for fall banquets, etc.)
Laptop with headphones
Tennis shoes and shower shoes
Bible, pens journal
WHAT WILL I BE INVOLVED IN DOING DURING MY TIME THERE?
1) Specific ministries (Rescue Mission, School, Kitchen, etc.) based on a rotational basis and your skill set and preference.
2) Preparing for and providing leadership for each of our seven major outreaches where we have anywhere from 300-2000 people come in to serve.
3) Going deeper into the Scriptures together and discussing its application to our lives and ministries through our School of Ministry class.
4) Evangelism and discipleship each week through our Adopt a Building department, where you will also be receiving consistent hands on training.
5) Edifying each other through your Community Groups, which you will be placed in at your orientation.
6) Throughout your time here, but with a high concentration in March and April, you will be taking all of the skills you have been developing in outreach and ministering to the people in the inner city of San Francisco and be reproducing that in the high school and college mission trip teams that come in to serve with us. You will lead them in outreach and at the different ministry sites. This is a great opportunity for leadership development.
7) You will also be utilized in various other ways to bless the ministry here, so we ask that all students be flexible and ready to serve.
WHAT WOULD A TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR ME?
Students will start the morning by partaking in our daily ministerial class where they will be trained in Biblical truth to be Christian leaders. After class, students will serve in their assigned ministry site. Twice a week, students will leave their work sites early to reach out to residents in apartment buildings and build discipleship relationships through Adopt a Building. On Saturdays, students will have their off-day and will have the opportunity to explore the city of San Francisco with their peers and friends.
Students enrolled in College through our partnership with Northwest University will be excluded from their work sites two afternoons a week to focus on and complete coursework.
ARE THE CLASSES FOR CREDIT?
If enrolled in our Northwest University partnership, students will earn 3 credits each semester in addition to taken at Northwest. All students will take ministerial classes within the School of Ministry taught by City Impact staff.
IS NORTHWEST A FULLY ACCREDITED SCHOOL?
Yes, Northwest is fully accredited and their credits are transferable to other universities and colleges all across the nation. You can check out their website at www.northwestu.edu for more information.
WHAT COLLEGE CLASSES/DEGREES ARE OFFERED?
City Impact School of Ministry students can earn Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelors of Arts (BA) degrees through Northwest University. Below are some of the degrees offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Associate in Arts
Associate in Ministry Leadership
Certificate in Ministry Leadership
HOW MANY CREDITS WOULD I TAKE EACH SEMESTER?
You will have the option to take nine, twelve, or fifteen credits. Each semester is divided up into two sessions of seven week classes. Each class is three credits. Each semester you will receive three credits for your ministry practicum which is earned through your ministry efforts. To take nine credits in a semester would mean taking two seven week classes one at a time in addition to the ministry practicum. To take fifteen credits in a semester would require taking four seven week classes two at a time in addition to the ministry practicum. And to take twelve credits would require having one period of seven weeks with two classes and another with only one class in addition to the ministry practicum.
WHAT IS THE COST OF DOING NORTHWEST?
If you are enrolled in Northwest, tuition is $1300 each semester plus $310 per credit hour (Classes are 3 credit hours each). Please note that your time spent as a School of Ministry student counts for an additional 3 credits each semester for a ministry practicum and is free. Financial Aid is also available through Northwest.
ARE COLLEGE CLASSES REQUIRED?
No, college courses are not required to be enrolled in the School of Ministry. It is an encouraged option for those interested in furthering their academic education during their time here.
IF I TAKE COLLEGE CLASSES, WILL I MISS OUT ON OTHER THINGS?
College classes will take time. We recommend 8 hours of study time each week per class. That being said, you will still be involved in all of the same programs that all School of Ministry students are involved with, however, you will have time set aside each week for your studies. You will work with our School of Ministry staff to create a healthy schedule for your time here. We want everyone to have the best experience possible during their time here.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY?
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to apply and for more information about the application process.
IS THERE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR NORTHWEST STUDENTS?
There is financial aid available through Northwest. You will need to fill out your FAFSA and apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less funds are available.