The City Impact School of Ministry builds Christian Leaders who intimately know God and His Word, serve people with humility and love, and who fulfill the mission of Jesus in all aspects of life.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The twofold focus of City Impact, to see revival in the tenderloin as well as equip and train believers to do ministry, is strongly reflected in our school of ministry. We want to release young adults into our ongoing ministry, taking on leadership, developing relationships, serving in tangible ways, and providing some more formal training in 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.
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 each other and pray for each other.
4. TAKING ALL OF THIS TRAINING AND REPRODUCING IT BY LEADING OTHERS IN A SIMILAR WAY.
We mobilize 10,000 people a year who come through City Impact 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 is during March and April when mission trip teams are here during spring break.
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.