We transform organizations by
training Christian leaders to serve the poor.
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How We Support a Movement Transforming The Lives of the Poor
There is a growing movement of Christians transforming lives of the poor that involves thousands of rescue missions, Salvation Army sites, CCDA sites, and other ministries. These individuals have sacrificially given their lives for God and the poor, but are too often undertrained and overworked. They need training to serve more effectively, but high tuition costs put most Christian colleges beyond their financial reach.
Also, many Christian colleges don’t teach the practical skills that are most needed to serve the poor. They are strong in academic rigor, but often are not close to the communities where people seek to serve.
City Vision multiplies the effectiveness of Christians serving the poor by giving them practical education at less than half the cost of most Christian schools. We’ve brought together a world-class team of faculty and leaders that have hundreds of years of combined experience in transforming the lives of the poor. Our students don’t just learn theory, they have an opportunity to put it into practice in the organizations where they work.
“The partnership with City Vision has been one of the most important factors to equip our team to minister to the needs of the poor.
Without this partnership, we wouldn’t be nearly as effective serving our most vulnerable neighbors.”
- Rev. Vann Ellison, President, St. Matthew's House
St. Matthew's House: Partnering to Transform the Lives of the Poor
St. Matthew’s House is an incredibly innovative $19 million dollar rescue mission serving the poor, homeless and addicted in Naples, FL. Each year, they provide over 513,000 meals and housing to over 1,000 individuals. Of those, 120 are placed in jobs, and 385 are placed in housing. The leadership of St. Matthew’s realized a key strategy to remain effective and innovative is to invest heavily in the education and training of their staff. In the past 3 years, St. Matthew’s has had over 25 of their staff and others enroll in City Vision and one of their staff has become faculty.
As a strategic partner, City Vision provides a 33% discount so tuition is only $5,000/year. Also, many of their staff have outstanding senior management experience, enabling them to accelerate their degree by getting prior learning credit for their past experience. We plan to partner with St. Matthew’s to design some of our free MOOC courses, so they could be taken by all their intensive residential recovery programs participants. As our partner, St. Matthew’s can better fulfill their vision of transforming thousands of lives and becoming a national model of best practices for other organizations to replicate.
Our 10 Year Impact on Ministries Serving the Poor
500+ students at 100+ ministries
500+ full-time interns at 100+ ministries
65,000+ volunteers in ministries