The Ministry Fellowship

nine-month learning experience that offers theological formation for exploring the spiritual, public, and missional dimensions of Christian witness.

We want to see wise leaders bringing the rich resources of the Christian tradition to bear on the most vexing questions and fecund opportunities for spiritual life in the way of Jesus today. Because the work of theology requires engagement with ongoing cultural developments…

  • We strive to foster relational networks of spiritual leaders who share a vision of the common good;

  • reimagine theological education embedded in local contexts;

  • and explore the personal as well as public implications of the Christian faith.

The Ministry Fellowship is for those who are looking for sustaining peer relationships, continuing theological education, and a more expansive vision of Christian ministry and human flourishing.

What do you need to flourish in ministry? How about life-giving relationships with peers who share similar challenges, in-depth studies with teachers who combine academic excellence and ministry experience, and a renewed understanding of contextualized ministry for your changing world? Over the course of the year, you will experience three 8-week courses. Each course is comprised of an online component and a face-to-face gathering. The fellowship is designed to equip you for the long road of your leadership journey through theological formation in three key areas:

For more info on face-to-face intensives, see "Gatherings" tab.

  1. Fall Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (October 17-19, 2019)
  2. Winter Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (January 16-18, 2020)
  3. Spring Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (May 14-16, 2020)
  4. (Optional) Summer Institute: A 4-day conference at Cambridge University (July 2020)

A total of three gatherings anchor the year in face-to-face experiences. The intensives happen in San Francisco and feature public events, ethnography exercises, and other activities that engage the city as a learning lab. The optional Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute in Cambridge, England provides opportunities for deeper relationship building and collaborative learning. 

  • Tuition: $4,800 (scholarships available) 
  • Travel costs include transportation, lodging, and food (scholarships available) 

Scholarships are available to cover tuition and travel. Participants are also encouraged to seek continuing education and/or matching grant funds from their churches and/or ministries.

We welcome both individual and group applications. Group applications should include 3-4 individuals who are in similar life/ministry stages and commit to walking through the year together.

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The priority deadline is May 31, 2019. The general deadline is July 31, 2019.


Who is the fellowship for? For leaders with 3-10 years of Christian ministry experience. Current seminary students may qualify if they have the requisite ministry experience. For those at an earlier stage of vocational ministry discernment, we recommend our pre-seminary program, The Newbigin Year.

Do I need to move to San Francisco? Thanks to our innovative use of online educational technology, you can do the fellowship from anywhere in the world. Participants are required to make three 3-day trips to San Francisco (funding for travel expenses provided).

What is the time commitment? Learning activities involve varying lengths of time for different individuals, depending on their learning styles. On average, participants should plan to spend 3-5 hours reading + 1-2 hours in reflection/discussion each week. The total time commitment is approximately 4-7 hours per week in addition to the three on-site, face-to-face gatherings over the course of the year.

Can I get academic credit? It is possible to do the work of the fellowship for advanced standing with credit at one of our partner seminaries (Austin, Fuller, Pittsburgh, and Western). Please contact the director of academic programs for more info.