Partner Churches

New York Theological Seminary was one of the first non-denominational seminaries in North America. From the days the Seminary first opened its doors, it has been open to people from every denomination. In carrying out its mission, the Seminary has always been closely related to churches and other communities of faith, especially those in the city who are in need of quality resources for theological learning and building capacities for more effective ministries. NYTS admits women and men who are called to leadership in churches and other faith communities. In turn, it depends upon those churches and other faith communities to be the key partners in carrying out its mission and vision. These are the Seminary’s Partner Churches.

What is a Partner Church? A Partner Church is any church, judicatory body, or other religious community that identifies itself as being a part of the Seminary’s wider network of supporting institutions and is willing to collaborate with the Seminary by:

  • inviting the President or another member of the Seminary’s faculty to preach
  • inviting a member of the faculty to lead a workshop or adult education forum
  • serving as a site for supervised ministry
  • providing in-kind services
  • co-sponsoring a conference or workshop being offered by the Seminary
  • remembering the Seminary on a regular basis with prayer and encouragement
  • supporting the Seminary with a financial gift
  • helping one or more students with scholarship assistance

Pastors or other members of Partner Churches are invited to audit courses at NYTS at no cost (individuals must identify themselves as members of a partner church at time of registration).

Gifts from Partner Churches may be designated toward special programs or needs, such as the Sing Sing Scholarship Fund or the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (CSPUR).

For further information on how to become a Partner Church or to request the President or another member of the faculty as a guest preacher or speaker, contact:

Partner Church Program
Office of Development and Institutional Advancement
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211


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