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City Seminary of Sacramento

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Higher Education, Protestant, Religion

Mission: City Seminary's mission is to provide a sound, biblical theological education to pastoral students who cannot afford to leave home and travel to a distant institution. We particularly strive to serve working students with families, and those involved in urban ministry.

Target demographics: train ministers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 59

Geographic areas served: Sacramento Region

Programs: 2-year and 4-year seminary degree programs, including Master of Divinity. City Seminary also has adopted a completely debt-free tuition model that assures no student incurs debt preparing for the ministry.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Solid. Biblical. A great option for those who cannot afford to go in debt to study.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has become the go-to place in Northern California for biblical theooigical training.

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JoseFabila

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to start your Christian Education as you move to serve your church and community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great place to start your journey to see if God is calling you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great school, great faculty, collegial atmosphere.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a world class seminary. The professors are all pastors and the student body is committed to the preaching of the gospel and evangelizing their communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our company was a sponsor at their last scholarship golf tournament. What a great group of volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

City Seminary has been providing education for local ministers for many years now all while staying theologically sound. This is a great seminary and I pray to see it live for many more years.

3 Kurt6

Board Member

Rating: 5

For 15 years, student class evaluations have been at the top of the charts, reflecting our professors strong commitment to Biblical inerrancy and practical instruction.

2 bereketmail

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great school. I enjoyed taking the Hebrew language courses. The professors and students are very nice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am familiar with the seminary because my brother, who is a pastor, has taken classes with them. He was very satisfied with the institution. I myself will be taking classes with them this fall.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 15 years serving our community, City Seminary has earned the respect and support of a broad cross-section of churches in our area.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great place for those called by The Lord for his service! If you have a family and a current job, you can go part time, and not have to go into debt by having to uproot your family and move to some other city to attend a seminary. Also the seminary provides scholarships to those that need assistance. Seminary dedicated to local men in Sacramento to grow God's Kingdom.

1 Jennie J

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciate a seminary that helps working students with families attend school without debt. A great ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love what they're doing in Sacramento. Should be a model for other cities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've taken quite a few classes at City Sem, and they've always been great. Good content and great in-class discussion!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Traditional seminary tuition costs leave students deep in debt, but City Seminary has a Debt-Free policy. What a great idea. Every college, seminary and university should be addressing this student loan debt crisis with a solution like this.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

City Seminary provides Biblically sound theological and pastoral training. Its vision to help equip the broader church in the Sacramento area with pastors and leaders committed to the historic, Biblical Christian faith is a most noteworthy endeavor and of inestimable to Christ's people and his glorious kingdom.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

City Seminary has found a unique way to serve a growing need in the community and abroad by offering an exceptional theological curriculum and scripturally sound education to pastoral candidates, students and others who serve in their churches and in the community. With a commitment that "no qualified pastoral candidate should be denied a seminary education due to lack of funding or finances", City Seminary specializes in finding ways to offer scholarships to those with financial hardships, needs and families to support. Classes are taught by trained and experienced professors who are also practicing pastors serving in their own churches. The professors take the time and effort to mentor their students and truly care about them and their families.

1 Andrey G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend recommended City Seminary of Sacramento to me. I have been attending for about 6 semesters. I am very pleased with the level of commitment from the pastors to prepare and to lead the class in discussions. Because I was not able to pay I was sponsored by someone they found for me. Servants of the Most High God these dear brothers and sisters are. I am very grateful for all they invested in me! May The Lord bless their work further!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Godly training for those with a heart to serve our Lord. The mission of this Seminary is a model for every city and a blessing to us here in the Sacramento area. Our family will continue to support City Seminary for many years to come, Lord willing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

City Seminary has great people, people who serve the community and the churches well. They do what they promise with the highest integrity.

1 Arnold P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization that serves the church community with true giving. Thank you for being here for us!

1 Kameron S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a class from City Seminary and was pleased with the attention given by the professor. Both the class environment and fellow students were helpful to my learning experience. I will definitely be returning for more classes in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is not too much to say that, without City Seminary, I would not be in the pastoral ministry now. It is a unique and special place where the students are well-equipped to pursue their callings by professors who have a wealth of both academic accomplishment and practical experience. I could not recommend City Seminary more highly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. City Seminary made it possible for me to have a quality seminary education while working full time. I did not have to relocate my family, I could stay in my home church under the oversight of my elders, and I did not accumulate any debt. Since graduation, I have been ordained to the gospel ministry and I am serving in Lodi, California. Without exception, the professors are committed to the truth of the Scriptures and to teaching that truth to the students. If someone is serious about a theological education, they should consider City Seminary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

City Seminary provides a top notch seminary education to those men who, because of age, location, or economic situation, could not otherwise obtain or afford one. Its scholarship program ensures that no one called to the gospel ministry is denied such an education.

The professors are pastors, not academics, but their own understanding of theology and Scripture is of the first caliber, and they are conservative, evangelical, and faithful to the historic Christian faith.

City Seminary fills a niche between Bible colleges and distant (and often academically oriented) seminaries.

Board Member

Rating: 5

City Seminary is an institution with an incredible vision to equip Christian leaders and yet permit them to remain debt free and still reside in the Sacramento metro area.

Christine88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the wonderful work being done at City Seminary. It is a joy to sit in on the classes and learn from the professors who know and understand the Scriptures and love to teach.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The school is run and staffed by Godly men and women with servants' hearts and a love for building up His church. Successful students are well prepared for the ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic institution doing great work in the Sacramento urban core.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful seminary that has helped transform Sacramento!

Kurt S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A "Rule Breaker" -- remaking how a seminary works. Breaking new ground with its scholarship program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If only there were more institutions like City Seminary of Sacramento! Solid, Biblical, relevant, and useful classes taught by professors who give their all and care about their students. No student has every been turned away due to finances, and none incur debt to attend.

TJ__

Donor

Rating: 5

Great work done by City Seminary. Students have the opportunity to go to seminary without piling up a mountain of debt and without leaving their home congregation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am not a full-time student, and I have no desire to enter the ministry. However, City Seminary has given me the opportunity to learn more about the Scriptures in a small class environment. The professors are all full-time pastors with many, many years of preaching experience. I would recommend that anyone that is interested in learning more about God to consider attending the Seminary. It has been very beneficial to my life and walk with Christ.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This seminary is a much-needed and tremendous resource for the Sac area. It has been a place of solid theological education for a good many years now, for many students I know. The cost is low, the professors are dedicated to Christ, and you won't find anywhere else the degree of personal attention and encouragement the teachers give to their students.

Wayne13

Board Member

Rating: 5

City Seminary has pioneered the concept of debt-free education, insuring that no student incurs student loan debt while studying for the ministry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

City Seminary is unique. They offer a debt-free theological education. What a novel idea. I wish their were others like it across the country.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a solidly biblical institution that meets the needs of those called to ministry later in life that could not otherwise afford to receive a seminary education.