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 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 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  complete the application process and participate in training sessions.  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.

*First year Doctor of Ministry students and third and fourth year Supervised Ministry students are REQUIRED to apply.

Mentees Apply HERE


Mentor Responsibilities and Requirements:
  • Potential mentors for each program will be expected to hold that program degree or its equivalent as a requirement.
  • Mentors are also expected to be knowledgeable about, experienced in, and committed to diverse and inclusive pastoral ministry in urban contexts.
  • Mentors will agree to meet with students at least once a month over a two-year period during which they will:
  1. Develop learning goals with mentees
  2. Keep accountability agreement with mentees
  3. Complete a Mentor-Mentee Covenant
  4. Submit monthly updates
  5. Complete a Mentor Evaluation


Mentors Apply HERE

Mentor Benefits:

  • NYTS E-Mail Address
  • NYTS Identification Card
  • NYTS/Columbia Library Card
  • NYTS Moodle Training Access
  • Mentor Training
  • Mentors can take one class per semester as Continuing Education credits
  • Opportunities to share knowledge, experience, and gifts with others
  • Strengthen interpersonal relationship skills
  • Experience personal satisfaction


For additional information contact Dr. Wanda Lundy – – 201-970-3337


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