The NYTS Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City Program

Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City (MTMC)


MTMC is a mentoring program that provides one on one and group/peer mentoring for Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry students.  The initial group will begin in the Fall of 2018 with 100 mentors and 100 mentees.  The goal of the program is to prepare leaders for thriving in ministry focusing on ministry efficacy, community involvement, job satisfaction and vocational retention as measurable outcome.  The outcomes as defined in the grant proposal are:


  • Ministry Efficacy – the ability to actualize or exceed the mission of one’s congregation through measurable and tangible goals.
  • Community Involvement – the pastor’s capacity to extend the church’s mission beyond the ‘proverbial four walls,’ successfully partnering with other social service organizations.
  • Job Satisfaction – a positive outcome of mentoring implies a range of variables such as self-actualization, equitable rewards, supportive and collegial working conditions.
  • Vocational Retention – the capacity for pastors to retain and expand their positions in ministry over many years.


Potential Mentors/Mentees will be invited to complete the application process (available online HERE) and participate in training sessions beginning in March.  Training will include an assessment of potential mentor’s preparation, introduce the scope of the “Mentoring and Thriving in Ministry in the City” program and conduct an initial training exercise in mentoring.


Mentors/Mentees will be assigned by September and an orientation with assigned pairs is scheduled for early September.


Annual assessment will be conducted at the end of each academic year.


Mentor Responsibilities and Requirements:

  1. Develop learning goals with mentee.
  2. Keep accountability with mentee.
  3. Potential mentors for each program will be expected to hold that program degree or its equivalent as a requirement.
  4. Candidates to be knowledgeable about, experienced in, and committed to diverse and inclusive pastoral ministry in urban contexts.
  5.  Mentors will agree to meet with students at least once a month over a two-year period.
  6. Completion of a Mentor-Mentee Covenant.
  7. Submission of monthly updates.
  8. Completion of Mentor Evaluation.


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