The purpose of Theology for the Church and City is discipleship and spiritual formation for those who have been nominated to serve as officers of the church or those who have been recognized or who desire to lead in other capacities in the church. Seminarians pursuing mentored ministry are likewise encouraged to attend. While the training is primarily focused on those who aspire to leadership, it is open to all. For more information, contact Nathan Barczi at CTK Cambridge.
All meetings are held 9am-11am on Saturdays. Most meetings are at the CTK Cambridge (99 Prospect Street) or the Cambridge church office (106 Prospect Street). The schedule for the year is as follows (with links to download lecture notes):
February 24: Introduction - Core Values of CTK
March 24: The Identity and Mission of the Church/Multicongregational Church Planting
May 5: Bible and the Westminster Confession of Faith
June 2: Bible and the WCF, Chs. IX-XVIII, on Salvation [Elder Candidates only]
July 14: Bible and the WCF, Chs. I-VIII and XIX-XXXIII, on Scripture, the Law, and the Church [Elder Candidates only]
August 25: Bible and the Book of Church Order
Note that Deacon Candidates are not required to attend class on June 2 or July 14. Instead, deacons will be provided with separate training specific of the diaconal office. More information on this will follow.
Following the course, officer examinations will be held on October 3 and possibly on a few dates in September, and new officers will be elected at a congregational meeting, to be called for November 3. A study guide for officer candidates can be downloaded here.
Chad Van Dixhoorn has written a useful commentary on the WCF called Confessing the Faith.
There are two primary texts for the course (contact Nathan Barczi to request copies):
Tim Keller, Center Church: a textbook collecting insights on gospel-centered urban ministry and church planting from Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Jack Miller, The Heart of a Servant Leader: letters from the pastoral and evangelistic ministry of presbyterian pastor and World Harvest Mission founder Jack Miller.