Urban Ministry and Mentoring Conference

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Blessings and thank you for your interest in the 2019 NYTS Urban Ministry and Mentoring Conference! The purpose of the conference is to celebrate New York Theological Seminary’s commitment to “preparing women and men for faith-based ministries in the city and throughout the world.”

Supervised Ministry sites, Partner Churches, collaborating organizations, potential and current students, and guests are all invited to join us.

The Urban Ministry and Mentoring Conference will provide various opportunities for engagement. The Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City (MTMC) Mentoring Program will update its work over the past year. Our keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Dean K. Thompson, is Editor of MTMC’s foundational book Mentoring:  Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives. A description of the book as provided by the publisher is as follows:

Positive mentoring relationships are essential to the formation of strong Christian leaders. This simple truth is often held as self-evident, but why? How can theological and biblical insights inform mentoring relationships? And what do these vital relationships look like across a range of Christian experience?

Opening multiple angles of vision on the practice of mentoring, Dean K. Thompson and D. Cameron Murchison have assembled an eminent group of scholars to reflect on these and other pressing questions. With contributions from twenty-one remarkable writers, this broad-ranging volume explores mentoring in biblical and theological perspective, within the context of diverse national and international communities, and across generations.  (Eerdmans, May 1, 2018)

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Dr. Thompson has provided his theme of “Mentoring Windows” which includes 6 areas:

1.  Mentoring and Ethics

2. Mentoring and Courage

3. Mentoring and Imitation

4. Mentoring and Listening

5. Mentoring and Vocation

6. Mentoring from a Distance.

Upon our request, Dr. Thomson also provided 3 questions for the mentors/mentees to use while reading the book Mentoring:  Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives in preparation for the upcoming Urban Ministry and Mentoring Conference. Mentors/Mentees have in various ways been considering the questions in preparation for the June 1 presentation on “Mentoring Windows”. The questions are as follows:

  1.  How do many of the Mentoring chapters intersect with justice and mercy issues and feed your passion for justice and mercy?
  2. How do the Mentoring essays feed your commitments to pastoral sensitivity and our love of persons and their communities?
  3. How do the Mentoring chapters feed your passion for diversity and inclusivity?

NYTS academic programs, partnerships, collaborations and program centers will share current scholarship and ministry involvement.  The directors of the academic programs will share with participants how their particular program can prepare them for the ministry they are embarking upon. The Master of Professional Studies Program at Sing Sing (MPS) mentoring program staff will also join us. Information sessions for each academic program and mentoring program will be offered to interested conference participants.

It is our hope that the following things will happen:

  • We will introduce, recruit and train new mentors for the Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City (MTMC) program
  • We will introduce potential students to all NYTS academic programs
  • Supervised Ministry students will secure supervised ministry sites
  • We will recruit new supervised ministry sites
  • We will meet new ministry partners and friends

Ministry Fair Partners

Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
American Legacy
Army Chaplaincy
Blanton-Peale Institute & Counseling Center
Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home
Center for Pentecostal Leadership at NYTS
Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR) at NYTS
Center for World Christianity at NYTS
Chaplaincy Process – ACPE
Ecclesia Ministries of New York
Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource for Women in Ministry at NYTS
Going Home: Civil Rights & Southern Religion/Going Home: Civil Rights & the Northern Story
JFON “Justice for Our Neighbors” – New York Office
Mayor’s Office Center for Faith and Community Partnerships
Methodist Study Group
Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City
Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives
Metropolitan Association of United Church of Christ – Disaster Response
Mt. Sinai – The Center for Spirituality and Health
Navy Chaplain Candidate Program
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
NYTS Office of Vocational Discernment
NYTS Student Union Association
Rivers of Living Waters-United Church of Christ
Sing Sing Mentoring Program
Spiritual Formation for Jewish Children
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM)
The Living Pulpit
The Zaid Center – Islamic Community
Tobijah Ministries
Trinity United Methodist Church
Unity Baptist Tabernacle
Young Life

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