City Church is a vibrant urban and Reformed church that has taken root in the most secular city in North America. Newbigin House is the outworking of City Church’s commitment to developing leaders who know and love the city.

% of World Population in Cities by 2050

Because of the strategic value of cities, training leaders to minister in urban contexts lies at the heart of our mission.
Newbigin House of Studies, named for missionary-theologian Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), is a ministry of City Church San Francisco. Our faculty of pastor-scholars have rich experience in church planting and revitalization, social justice ministry, vocational discipleship, counseling and pastoral care. Newbigin House seeks the peace of the city (Jeremiah 29:7) by developing leaders through theological education. We provide resources for spiritual growth through our Fellows program for lay people and through conferences and special events. We are partners in special Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees offered by Western Theological Seminary that focus on urban church planting.
The great missionary, pastor and theologian Lesslie Newbigin taught that “the church is mission.” It “exists by mission as a flame exists by burning.” The contemporary church is in desperate need of leaders who are capable of planting new churches or revitalizing churches in decline. According to Newbigin, spiritual renewal will only happen when “local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.” Newbigin House seeks to redevelop a vision for mission within our churches by training and mentoring a new generation of missional leaders, in partnership with the church and the seminary.
What We Do
  • Degree programs (offered by Western Theological Seminary) for ministerial training
  • The Newbigin Fellowship for lay persons seeking theological foundations
  • Conferences for church leaders
  • Continuing education opportunities for pastors
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Who was Newbigin? A newly married Lesslie Newbigin set off for India in 1936 as a missionary of the Church of Scotland. No one knew that in the coming years he’d not only impact a remote region, but the entire world.

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Our Logo. We have chosen an ancient symbol as the “face” of Newbigin House, the Celtic cross. I would like to give a quick description of a few components of this particular Celtic cross design and why I am excited about what this logo says about us… [read more]