MDiv In-Ministry - Church in the City

Reimagining Church in the City

What does the church in the 21st century look like? As the city has expanded to include suburbs and neighbouring towns, as well as immigrants from all over the world, how does this ever-changing landscape affect how the church serves? Change is happening; churches are meeting in unexpected places—movie theatres, coffee shops—and starting up in homes, while other groups of Christians are moving into our very diverse low-income neighbourhoods following God’s leading. Many are looking for new and fresh ways to live out God’s calling in an authentic community that is changing and shaping their neighbourhood.

The Incubator

The Church in the City program will help you explore how the shape of your community shapes the health of the community. As you immerse yourself in the theology of community and place while analyzing your own situation, you will discover new ways of living out your faith in your neighbourhood. The professors will mentor you as you bring new ideas from concept to realization. You will be supported in this "incubator-type" of environment, as you gain the skills you need to reimagine what faith and church look like in your neighbourhood.

The Preparation

The courses will prepare you for ministry in today’s multifaceted city. Gain multicultural competencies so that you can navigate a city like Toronto, where over 100 languages are spoken. Continue to grow in your understanding of how poverty, compassion and social justice are affecting neighbourhoods in different ways. Be introduced to the indigenous culture and Christian faith in order to form stronger partnerships. Explore the alternative models of church, or improve your skills in church planting and starting new initiatives to transform your neighbourhood. The courses, mentorship and research will prepare you to reimagine and shape the church in the city for the 21st century.

Cohort-Based

Your classmates come with a complex array of talent and experiences. Professors will support and journey with you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges of life and grow in your faith. Be part of a community of learning that allows you to work in groups and build relationships that can last a lifetime. Together, you will complete core academic courses as well as practical ministry training in: Old and New Testament theology, systematic theology, and how to interpret the Bible effectively. With this theological foundation and the collective experience in the community, you will have the support and space to explore your new concepts and ideas.

Program Notes

How this program works

  • You maintain your ministry involvement and work while studying for the Master of Divinity degree.
  • You use your ministry setting as a laboratory for learning—you test ideas from the classroom in your ministry, and bring your ministry experiences into the classroom.
  • You join a group of students and stay together as a group throughout the entire program (called a 'cohort')
  • You come to campus only one day per week, plus one Saturday per semester, during the three years of the cohort section of the program.
  • You learn from a group of faculty who stay together with you throughout your program, providing mentoring as well as classroom instruction.
  • You learn in an intensive format—courses are 6 weeks long with the exception of three, which are done in a one-week retreat format, and the Internship, which is spread out over the course of the program.
  • You learn in a community context, with common classes plus a shared meal, worship and small group component.
  • You study about 15-20 hours per week outside the classroom.

You may also want to visit the Church in the City Program website.

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“I came to seminary knowing things were going to change, but I wasn’t sure how,” he says. “My program is really forming me and helping me know myself better. Within the first semester, it was confirmed in me that my time in my current context was up. I have professors who open me up to options that I never even considered before.” Ben Bartosik

Degree and Diploma Options


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Master of Divinity

27 courses
3 years

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What does the church in the 21st century look like? As the city has expanded to include suburbs and neighbouring towns, as well as immigrants from all over the world, how does this ever-changing landscape affect how the church serves?