The City Impact School of Ministry propels students toward a life of following Jesus through hands-on experience and a unqiue higher education program.
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. The School of Ministry aims 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.
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.
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.