WHY DO THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY?

In Jesus’ day there was intense procedures in place to train Jewish men to be the teachers and religious leaders. Prospective leaders partook 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" in the path downward. As the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest, 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!

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.

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 the student's time at City Impact, students will serve in one of our ministry sites and partake in various activities including but not limited to tutoring kids from the Tenderloin in our K-8 private Christian school, serving the homeless and leading Bible Study in our rescue mission, finding clothes and other needed items for residents 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) Go out to make disciples and share the gospel.

While serving in San Francisco's inner-city, students will evangelize and develop friendships with homeless and broken residents and share with them the gift of knowing Jesus' love.

3) Training in Biblical truth.

Every morning students join the classroom and partake in our ministerial class where with their peers students will process the Scripture and see how it relates to their ministry. Students will also be plugged into a Community Group that will meet weekly to encourage and pray for each other.

4) Leading God's Workers.

10,000 volunteers come through City Impact each year to serve and grow. As a School of Ministry student, you will be leading these volunteers in different ministry opportunities through outreach events on the streets and in apartment buildings.

WHEN IS THE CITY IMPACT SCHOOL OF MINISTRY IN SESSION?

Our program has 2 different terms:

1) Summer Bootcamp: This session begins the first week of June and ends the first week of August.

2) Nine Month: This full course begins the first week of September 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 those who are ready for God to lead them in their next step. A season in ministry will be lifechanging for a high school graduate unsure of their next step, a college student looking for an internship for the summer, or a college graduate responding to their calling.

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) Go out to share the gospel and make disciples

3) Training in Biblical truth

4) Leading God's Workers

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.

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 and take classes through Northwest University to earn higher eduation.

2) 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.

3) Return to your home and use your trianing to transform your community for Jesus.

4) 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 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 costs $6,750. The two month Summer program costs $1,500. This goes to provide housing, food and other program costs excluding curriculum and extracurricular actives.

WHEN DO I NEED TO HAVE THE MONEY PAID?

9 month students are require 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.

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 banquets, etc.)
Laptop with headphones
Tennis shoes and shower shoes
Lightweight jackets
Laundry bag
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?

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 days 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:

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 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 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 som@sfcityimpact.com 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.