Program Centers

Education for ministry takes place in a variety of ways at NYTS. The primary system for delivering learning is in courses that are either offered in a classroom or online, or through field-based supervised ministry experience, but these do not exhaust the possibilities. Learning at NYTS is student-centered. We like to 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 library-based learning, 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, under the direction of the late Dr. Lowell Livezey, NYTS launched 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 churches and the wider religious community of the New York Metropolitan region. In 2009, the Ecologies of Learning became the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (CSPUR). 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.

CSPUR 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. Drawing upon the Seminary ‘s close ties with urban churches, the program engages churches and their pastors as co-learners with scholars and theological students in collaborative research on urban congregations and the wider urban structures in which they are situated. Learning in the program is emphatically collaborative, with churches and pastors playing a significant role in shaping the research agenda of the Center. CSPUR is supported in part by a major grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Visit the CSPUR page at:

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, 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, an annual major lecture, publication of the online Journal of World Christianity, research professor appointments, and a variety of collaborations with other institutions such as Auburn Seminary, The Institute for Diasporan African Culture (TIDAC), and New York Theological Educational Center (in Chinese). Additional support for faculty and students interested in better understanding and engaging Christianity as a truly world religion today is also available.

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

Resource Center for Women in Ministry

The Resource Center for Women in Ministry has since 1986 provided a variety of programs, conferences, learning experiences, and fellowship events designed to support lay and ordained women in ministry at NYTS and in the churches. 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. The Center hosts monthly gatherings throughout the course of the school year, and in June of each sponsors one or more intensive courses and a conference. Programs of the Center are open to both men and women.

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

The Micah Institute

Inspired by the Hebrew prophet Micah’s call to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God, we seek to inspire and educate faith leaders to fight poverty and injustice.

The Micah Institute:

  • Educates prophetic leaders to advocate against racial, economic, and environmental injustice.
  • Offers a powerful voice to ‘think globally and act locally and globally.’
  • Opportunities for outreach with Micah Community Advocacy Network MICAH.

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The Margaret and Norman Eddy Program Center

 The Margaret and Norman Eddy Program Center for Spiritual Coordination and Community Well-Being establishes a permanent home for the training of pastors and religious leaders to become more capable of integrating spirituality into community organizing to meet injustices.

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The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner

The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently available office in The United Methodist Church for those called to full time vocations in servant ministries as laity. The purpose and structure of the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is found in paragraph 1313 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008.

Together, deaconesses, who are lay women, and home missioners, who are lay men, form a covenant community that is rooted in scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope and global in outreach. This is a community of laity who has responded to the call of God in their lives and has been commissioned by The United Methodist Church to full-time ministries of love, justice and service. The ministries may be in a church-related vocation or helping profession. As part of the candidacy process, all deaconess and home missioner candidates complete a series of core study requirements. Credit for courses taken in advance or to be taken while in the candidacy process may be granted upon approval of the Deaconess Program Office from educational institutions approved by the United Methodist Senate.

For additional information about the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, contact:

Deaconess Program Office
475 Riverside Drive #1505
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3850

The Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives

The Fund for Community Leadership Initiative (FCLI) is the new social-action arm of New York Theological Seminary, organized as a nonprofit corporation controlled by the Seminary. It serves the Seminary’s alumnae and alumni, partner congregations and other friends as they seek to meet the needs of the communities they lead. FCLI facilitates and supports faith-based and community-based programs,projects and organizations that focus on serving the underserved of New York City and beyond.

Services include program site identification and convening, management consulting and training, back-office assistance, start-up support and program coordination and planning. In addition, FCLI initiates its own start-ups, securing funding and providing full-service administration and program management.

In its first years, FCLI has a special interest in prisoner reentry programs and in initiating long-relationships with NYTS constituents and funders that focus on the health and well-being of children of poverty.

Executive Director
Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives
at New York Theological Seminary

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 554 New York, NY 10115-0076
Phone: 212-870-1297

Bible Conference

NYTS offers an annual Bible conference that features leading biblical scholars and communicators. Each year’s conference, usually held on the third Monday of October, is organized around a topic relevant to the Bible ministry of the Church.

To find out more about the NYTS Bible Conference click on the link:


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  1. […] I also had a notion that a blog would be a good place to pursue my then-growing interest in World Christianity, more specifically, Christianity in the Global South. I was taken up with the notion that the future of Catholicism was in Africa and Latin America. I even got a research appointment at the Center for World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan. […]