President’s Welcome

Welcome to one of the most exciting centers of theological education in the world! New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) has long been recognized for its innovative programs, its pioneering spirit, and its commitment to training women and men for ministry in the real world. For more than a century we have been offering theological education that is accessible, inclusive and transformative. We believe that God calls people from all walks of life and that each person has a unique ministry to fulfill. Our task is to help each one discover what that means for you, and to help you prepare for the next stage of your exciting journey of faith.

At NYTS you will find a great deal of attention being paid to the life of the churches near and far, whether they be in the city, the suburbs, or rural areas. We are mindful that ministry does not happen in a vacuum. Our students are involved in the business world, public service, education, the legal field and more. They come from cultures and traditions from around the globe. Some are already retired, while others have only recently graduated from college. Many in our certificate and first professional degree programs are pursuing ministry as a second career, or are already fully bi-vocational. Others in our Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry degree programs are full-time pastors who seek to further their professional development and competencies. In all of our programs we seek to accommodate the busy schedules of working men and women without compromising the intellectual rigors or the demands of academic excellence in the education that they receive.

NYTS offers several degree programs and certificates, with opportunities for specialization in several areas of interest. We offer programs in churches to assist them in a variety of ways, including stewardship training, spiritual development, technical development, justice ministries, and discipleship. The Seminary collaborates with partnering non-profit organizations, city agencies, neighborhood groups, and others in a variety of ways to offer resources to the churches and wider religious community in areas such as affordable housing, community organizing, or economic development. Our partnerships with churches, other religious organizations, other educational institutions, public agencies, and corporations helps us bring theological education into a more dynamic interaction with life in the world.

The Seminary’s mission statement places Christ at the center of all that we do. But we find that following Christ leads us out into a complex multifaith world where God is at work transforming lives and bringing about a new creation in ways we have not yet begun to imagine. We invite you to join us in this exciting community of teachers and learners who are being led by the Spirit to work together for the greater glory of God.

Dale T. Irvin
President and Professor of World Christianity


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