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.

A total of three gatherings anchor the year in face-to-face experiences. Two intensives in San Francisco and one concluding gathering at the Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute at Cambridge University provide opportunities for deeper relationship building and collaborative learning.

  1. Fall Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (October 11-13, 2018)
  2. Winter Intensive: A 3-day gathering in SF (January 17-19, 2019)
  3. Summer Institute: A 4-day conference at Cambridge University (July 8-11, 2019)

We hope to see regional cohorts convening around several major metropolitan areas. We envision these smaller groups meeting once a month over dinner to supplement their learning through deepening conversations.

At this point, there are great possibilities in the following cities:

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Portland
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City

If you're considering applying from these areas, please let us know!

A generous stipend is provided to all participants, helping to cover the full cost of tuition and most/all travel-related costs.

  • Tuition: $4,800
  • Travel for fall intensive in SF: $1,000
  • Travel for winter intensive in SF: $1,000
  • Travel for summer institute in Cambridge, England: $2,000

The total stipend for each participant is $8,800. Tuition will be credited; travel and book expenses will be reimbursed up to the amount indicated.

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, 2018. The general deadline is July 31, 2018.


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 two 3-day trips to San Francisco and one 4-day trip to Cambridge, England (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 (Fuller, Pittsburgh, and Western). Please contact the director of academic programs for more info.