The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, Gotham, Empire City, and The Melting Pot are some of the nicknames given to New York City. NYC is a myriad of different things to its many inhabitants, visitors and those who have only dreamed of New York. More songs have been written about NYC that any other city, with various song writers proclaiming their love, frustration, excitement and commitment to this remarkable city. If any city could be considered a living organism, it’s New York. Just walking the streets of NYC can be an invigorating experience that can also overwhelm with countless new sights, sounds, smells and tastes. It’s a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lives and for some, it’s a place they could never imagine leaving.

New York City is often considered the financial, cultural, music and fashion capitol of the world. It is a city filled with glitz and glamour. It has the highest rents and real estate prices in the country. Many of the worlds’ wealthiest people live or own property in NYC. These things only make the contrast that much greater as some of the most deprived in our country are also claiming New York City as their home. It is impossible to overlook the thousands of homeless men, women and children that are living on those same streets where just above residents are paying anywhere from $2,000-$15,000 in rent per month. One cannot fail to notice the thousands of immigrants attempting to make it on nothing more than minimum wage jobs in restaurants where patrons are spending anywhere from $20-$200 for a meal.

The glimmers of light are all the churches, ministries, social services and justice organizations that are working along side of and on behalf of those who are considered the poor and powerless. They are hard working, passionate people who labor daily to create change in the lives of people and change in oppressive systems. They are people who are living out God’s call to be his hands and feet in practical ways and they are willing to let us help!

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
Associate Director
Joelle is a Minnesota native and majored in Advocacy Communications and International Studies in college. As someone who is experienced with international missions, hosting with CSM in college opened her eyes to the need for gospel restoration domestically. Her passion for Biblical justice and seeing the inner city transformed by the gospel has cultivated a desire to work for CSM full time. Her hope is that individuals would see Jesus' command to "love as I have loved you", and live that out with grace and truth towards others. Joelle's international experience in the Middle East and North Africa has also given her a love for culture, and she enjoys being able to see the diversity of cultures present in New York City. She is excited to start her journey with CSM as the Associate Director in New York City!
City Director
CJ is from Brooklyn and is an NYC lifer. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, lifting heavy things at the gym, reading books of all types, writing a few poems from time to time and cooking. He graduated from Western Seminary in 2014 with an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies. He is passionate about helping people and seeing the gospel change lives, when the two intersect, he's living the dream. As City Director for CSM he is looking forward to seeing the love of Christ spread throughout a city that desperately needs it.