The Ministry Fellowship

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

The Ministry Fellowship is for those who are looking for supportive peer relationships, tools for rekindling their theological imagination, and a more expansive vision of Christian ministry.


Two Tracks Available

1. Pre-Seminary: For those who are thinking about seminary and would like to spend a year exploring theological education. Advanced standing with credit available.

2. Post-Seminary: For pastors and other ministry leaders who have completed seminary but desire continuing education.

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. 

Key Learning Goals

  • Develop a missional theological perspective for the church’s engagement with God’s work of renewal in the city.
  • Articulate the challenges and opportunities of city ministry contexts through the use of proper historical, sociological, and theological lenses.
  • Build lasting relationships with likeminded peers who are passionate about what God is doing in the world.

Our core courses are designed to build a robust framework for lifelong theological reflection and missional engagement. We also aim to help you work through vocational discernment and exploration. With an interdisciplinary approach that combines the best of historical and sociological tools for the work of theology, we have designed a curriculum that helps students to better understand the city, the world, and their calling to both. 

Three Core Courses. 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 program is designed to equip you for the long road of your leadership journey through theological formation in three key thematic areas:

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

  1. Fall Intensive: A 3-day gathering in Denver (October 15-17, 2020)
  2. Winter Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (January 14-16, 2021)
  3. Spring Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (May 13-15, 2021)
  4. (Optional) Summer Institute: A 4-day conference at Cambridge University (July 2021)

A total of three gatherings anchor the year in face-to-face experiences. The intensives happen in Denver and 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: $1,600 per course (workload equivalent to a 4-credit course, or 160 hours per term)
  • Audit: Limited seats are open for auditors (with access to the core teaching materials without any activities involving interaction with the professor or students); the cost is $800 per course.
  • Travel: Participants should plan for the cost of three separate 4-day trips over the course of the year, including transportation, lodging, and food. 
  • Financial Aid: Merit and need-based scholarships are available. Apply here

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

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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 (to receive full consideration for financial aid) is May 31, 2020. The general deadline is July 31, 2020.

FAQs

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 attend one intensive in Denver (fall) and two intensives in San Francisco (winter & spring). The intensives are three days long and specific dates can be found under the “Gatherings” tab on this page. 

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. For seminary credit, students should plan on an additional 8-10 hours per week of formal assignments. 

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).