Program Centers

Education for ministry takes place in a variety of ways at NYTS.  The primary delivery system for learning is in courses that are offered in a classroom, online, or through field-based supervised ministry experience, but these do not exhaust the possibilities.  Learning at NYTS is student-centered.  We often say that we teach students, not disciplines or subjects.  As part of the method of teaching, in order to support students, and as part of a larger effort to expand educational resources beyond those of traditional theological education, the Seminary supports several centers whose programs are an integral part of its overall life and learning even as they reach beyond the typical classroom or supervised ministry site placement.

 


Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (CSPUR)

In January of 2005 NYTS launched under the direction of the late Dr. Lowell Livezey a new project entitled Ecologies of Learning.  Funded by a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, Ecologies of Learning quickly grew to become a major resource not only for NYTS but for the wider religious community of the New York Metropolitan region and for the wider academy engaged in the study of religion and cities.  In 2009 the Ecologies of Learning became the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR).  Its programs continue to reach far beyond the Seminary’s classrooms to engage pastors, lay people, congregations, denominational leaders, church agencies, educators, and students in interactive learning processes designed to help increase their understanding of the diverse urban ecology in which churches and other religious institutions are situated.  The goal is to help students, teachers, scholars, church leaders, and others use knowledge of urban religion more effectively in ministry and practice.

C-SPUR is an integral part of the fabric of the Seminary’s educational efforts, integrating the study of urban life and congregations into other disciplines and enriching the curriculum overall.  A key aspect of the Center’s research is its commitment to collaborative research and learning regarding religion in the urban ecology.  Drawing upon the Seminary’s close ties with churches and other faith-based communities and institutions in the city, the Center engages in programs of interactive learning, sharing its findings with religious and community leaders, students, other scholars.  The center also seeks to provide resources in the field of urban ministry studies and theology of the city.  Finally, the Director of C-SPUR is available for consulting and for outside speaking engagements.

Visit the CSPUR page at: http://cspur.nyts.edu

For further information, contact:

Director of Administration and Development
Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211


Center for World Christianity

Center for World Christianity LogoEstablished in 2004 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center for World Christianity seeks to support the Seminary’s mission to prepare men and women for ministry in a global context.  As an academic field of study, World Christianity encompasses the traditional areas of mission studies, ecumenical studies, and the study of world religions.  The work of the Center at NYTS builds upon these disciplines as it seeks to move beyond them to engage areas of ministry in global urban contexts more intentionally. Programs of the Center include special courses, public lectures, occasional conferences, and collaboration with various other organizations or projects such as Auburn Theological Seminary and Ecclesiological Investigations International.   The Center is also the editorial home for the The Journal of World Christianity, which is published by Penn State University Press.  Additional support for faculty and students interested in better understanding and engaging Christianity as a truly world religion today is also available.

The Journal of World Christianity Flyer

For further information, contact:

Director of the Center for World Christianity
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211


Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women in Ministry

Since its founding in 1901 NYTS has been practicing “Gender Justice” by including women as well as men in its academic programs.  The EMS Resource Center for Women of Faith has since 1986 sought to expand this commitment through conferences, other learning experiences, and fellowship events designed to support lay and ordained women of faith who are engaged in ministry.  The Resource Center serves as an organizing forum for concerns and needs of women within the NYTS constituency.  In its mission to facilitate dialogue among women in ministry, it pays particular attention to women’s ministries in a variety of cultural contexts, including African-American, West Indian, European-American, Korean, and Latina, and to the interfaith engagement of women across religious traditions.  The Center hosts monthly gatherings throughout the course of the school year, and in June of each sponsors one or more intensive courses as well as a regular conference.  Programs of the Center are open to both men and women.

Visit the Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women in Ministry’s Page at www.nyts.edu/emsrc

For further information, contact:

Director of the Resource Center for Women in Ministry
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211


Center for Pentecostal Leadership at New York Theological Seminary

Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are among the fastest growing Christian communities throughout the world today. Their rapid expansion has in turn generated considerable need for leadership training that is both academically sound and contextually appropriate. The Center for Pentecostal Leadership at NYTS, an initiative of the Rev. Dr. Humberto Alfaro, Professor of Ministry Studies, seeks to help meet the need for sound leadership training by providing resources and programs designed specifically for Pentecostal and Charismatic churches. Programs of the Center include pastoral training events, special lectures, consultations, and occasional conferences. Research projects undertaken by the Center are carried out in collaboration with churches and others in the community, providing an interactive forum for learning. Dr. Alfaro is also available to lecture, preach, or lead special seminars for churches or judicatory bodies.

 

For further information, contact:
Director of the Institute for Pentecostal Studies
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
212-870-1211

 

 

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