WHY DO THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
In Jesus’ day there were such intense processes in place to train Jewish men to be the teachers and religious leaders of the day. It was a rigorous and competitive process. It involved years and years of strict training, beginning as a small child. The men who made it through and excelled would be well respected and honored in the Jewish culture. They were the best. They were the brightest. They were called Pharisees. They were called scribes. And they were the ones who were in the most conflict with Jesus, and in the end pushed the hardest for Jesus’ death.
Jesus chose a very different approach in training the disciples He would entrust with establishing the church. He said “follow me” in the path downward. As the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest, the one with the best upward mobility, Jesus said, “you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” (Luke 22:26). Jesus set a pattern of downward mobility. “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:7-8). And God calls us to have this same mindset!
Why is that, when it comes to Christian training in our country, we so often default to the former mold rather than the latter established by Jesus? We often think that mere intellectual development in the Scriptures is the best way to train leaders, but that approach has consistently shown itself to be dangerous.
Our City Impact School of Ministry is primarily a training in Christian leadership. We believe that the most important component of any powerful Christian leader is humility before the Lord. So during your time here, you will be challenged to join Jesus in the process of being downwardly mobile in life, learning what it means to humble yourself and serve the forgotten in the inner city of San Francisco.
We believe that the most effective Christian training is centered around four components:
1) Serving in tangible ways to develop humility and bless others.
During your time here you will serve in the various ministries, whether that is tutoring kids from the community in our K-8 private Christian school, serving food and teaching Bible studies in our rescue mission, helping residents find clothes and other needed items in our thrift store, helping cook food for the children and homeless in our kitchen, or helping with various administrative needs behind the scenes.
2) Going out to make disciples and share the gospel.
You will evangelize and develop friendships with the homeless and broken people of San Francisco, people who would otherwise not have anyone who would so much as want to sit near them.
3) Being trained in the word, and being mentored by our full time staff.
You will spend time in the classroom each week engaged in meaningful teaching and discussion with your peers as you process the Scriptures together and how it relates to the ministry that each of you are engaged in each day. You will also be plugged into a Discipleship Group of about 3-5 people of your same gender that will meet weekly to encourage and pray for each other.
4) Taking all of this training and reproducing it by leading others in a similar way.
We have close to 10,000 people from outside the Tenderloin coming through City Impact this year to serve and grow, and you will be leading them in different ministry opportunities, both on site and in outreach on the streets and in apartment buildings. The highest concentration of this will be during March and April when mission trip teams are here during spring break.
WHEN IS THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY IN SESSION?
There are two different time frames for our Students:
1) Summer Bootcamp: The minimester begins the first week of June and ends the last week of August.
2) Nine Month: This full course begins the first week of September and ends the last week of May.
* If your college schedule conflicts with either the start or end date, please talk to us about it to see if we can work something out.
WHO IS THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY FOR?
This program is for anyone who wants to serve and grow and explore all that God has for them in His mission. Taking a season of life to go hard in ministry, get trained up, and serve the poor can be life changing for a high school graduate before going to college, or a college student who needs to step back and refocus, or a college graduate before they jump into the world of career and family.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
We believe that the most effective Christian training is centered around four components:
1) Serving in tangible ways to develop humility and bless others,
2) Going out to share the gospel and making disciples,
3) Being trained in the word, and being mentored by mature believers on mission,
4) Taking all of this training and reproducing it by leading others in a similar manner.
The goal of the School of Ministry is that you will conclude your time here having grown immensely as a Christian leader. You will have a strong foundation laid for whatever direction the Lord is calling you, whether that be working in a church, in the corporate world, overseas as a missionary, or establishing yourself in San Francisco to build the church here.
You will have developed more humility and willingness to serve those around you, grown in your heart for the broken and ignored people of the world, become comfortable leading large groups of people in various types of ministry, deepened your understanding of the Scriptures, grown in boldness in sharing your faith, preaching, and praying for people, and finally, you will have gained a bigger vision for how God’s church is supposed to look and how your life fits into it going forward.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?
Simply fill out our online application, estimated to take between 30-60 minutes. After that we will conduct a phone interview to get to know you more and answer any of your questions about the program. Lastly, our staff will meet to 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 second year School of Ministry student.
2) Find a job in the area and move into the Tenderloin to continue the ministry you have begun and the training you have received in your nine months here.
3) Return to your community and use what you have gained here to transform your community for Jesus.
4) We would love to help you get connected with international missions.
HOW LONG IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Once we receive your application and references, we will have a phone interview with you and will be able to usually let you know within a week if you are accepted.
WHAT SORT OF CLASSES WILL WE BE TAKING?
For the 9 month program, there will be two different tracts:
1) The Bible in 9 Months: By the end of this class, students will have read through almost every book of the Bible, have a unique big picture scope of the Biblical story, have discussed the major themes of each book together in class, and received helpful teaching on each of those books.
2) Christian Leadership Topics: In 4–6 week sessions, we will study topics such as Apologetics, How to Study the Bible, Missional Church, Missions, Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Warfare, Marriage and Singleness, and Discipleship.
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?
The nine month program is $5,400 total. The summer program is $1,500. This goes to provide housing, food, and other program costs.
WHEN DO I NEED TO HAVE THE MONEY PAID?
We require that the full amount for your entire time here be paid a month prior to your arrival.
DO YOU ONLY TAKE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE?
Unfortunately we have to limit the number of people we can take based on available housing, so please be sure to get your application in 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 35.
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 so are not able to have a part-time job or schooling happening at the same time. The schedule is very rigorous and we want to enable each student to succeed in their studies. We are also able to offer college courses through the accredited Northwest University, and though this is not required for School of Ministry students, it is an option.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MOVE THERE? CAN I BE THERE INDEFINITELY?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the housing to be able to take people on who want to move here long term. The best option would be for them to locate their own housing nearby and then start getting involved either as a volunteer.
WHERE WOULD I LIVE?
As a full time student, you will live at our newly renovated property on Taylor Street. It is within a one–two minute walk of all of our sites here at City Impact. We have limited space due to being in the inner city, 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 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, thrift store, school, kitchen, media, etc.) based on need and your skill set and preference. After the first semester there will be an option to switch site locations.
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 and will be developing a vision for church planting.
5) Edifying each other through your Discipleship Groups, which you will be placed in at your orientation.
6) Throughout your time here, but with 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?
The majority of your weekdays will be spent serving in your specific ministry (rescue mission, thrift store, school, kitchen, etc.). This will usually be about 60 – 70% of your week, though it will sometimes fluctuate. Twice a week you will leave to serve with our Adopt a Building ministry to reach out to residents in apartment buildings and build discipleship relationships. This will usually be about 20 – 25% of your week. Also, twice a week you will leave your ministry to attend the School of Ministry class. This will usually be about 10 - 15% of your week.
Saturdays are your off day, except when we are doing outreach with visiting groups. When that happens, you will have a different day off that week according to your site manager. On Sundays you will gather with us for our church gathering in the morning, and in the afternoon help lead with our Adopt a Building outreach to people in the apartment buildings.
ARE THE CLASSES FOR CREDIT?
Currently, the classes within the School of Ministry are not for credit unless you are also enrolled in Northwest University, in which case your time here are 3 credits each semester in addition to any other classes you are taking at Northwest. All students will take regular classes within the School of Ministry. Northwest students will also be expected to take additional classes taught by different pastors from the San Francisco Bay Area. These classes will be taught for credits at Northwest only.
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:
AA - Associates of Art-Interdisciplinary (General Studies) (60 credits)
AML - Associate in Ministry Leadership (60 credits)
BML - Bachelor of Ministry Leadership (120 credits)
BA - Bachelor of Psychology (120 credits)
CML - Certificate of Ministry Leadership (30 credits)
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 $289 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 a wonderful 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 Coordinator 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.