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Could you benefit from an urban learning community?

The following offerings aim to bring workers together to build their capacity for personal and social change. Some of these are based from Winson Green, but others are offered in a ‘learning hub’ where the participants are based and/or with Nazarene Theological College (University of Manchester).

For more information:

Immersion Courses

Winson Green offers a stimulating learning context.  Meeting and sharing life with people of different faiths, economic and cultural backgrounds and reflecting theologically helps deepen more compassionate community practices. CMS, Operation Mobilisation and Cincinnati Christian University are just some who have set up immersion courses with us. Our immersion courses are offered and designed to meet to your needs as participants from unique Christian charities, mission, churches and colleges for a week-end or up to 10 days.

Cost: tbc by contacting

Community Residencies

Our Newbigin House base can offer live-in opportunities for Christian students and workers who are with our partner Colleges and/or agencies. The participant would have a tailor made experience with a mixture of community engagement, reflection, mentoring and retreat for a 3 to 6 month experience.
> Cost: £250 a month, live in.

Urban Change Makers emerging leaders programme

Urban Change Makers is a new emerging leaders programme that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas. UCM is initiated by Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams (pods) of emerging leaders to the 10 month programme that includes week-end intensives, coaching, site visits and investors panel.

The 2019/20 Cohort nominations are now open. To nominate or register your interest please click here.

Missio Dei Discernment Retreats/Seminars

A one day, facilitated discernment experience for those seeking direction in life and vocation. See this link for more information.
Cost: £ 25 per participant (minimum of 10 participants)

Accredited Courses with NTC 

Newbigin School for Urban Leadership works with Nazarene Theological College (University of Manchester) to help supervise PhD research and deliver two MA in Theology pathways:

Course Title Length of Study
MA in Theology (Urban Mission) 1 year (Full Time) Up to 5 years (Part Time)
Short Description

The Urban Mission pathway and the parallel Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate resources creative, transformative and innovative thinking and practice in Urban missions and ministry, and supports continuing professional development. It offers the opportunity to explore approaches to urban mission and ministry and provides a foundation in reading the multiple facets of the city, including its culture, nature, and needs. It engages with different approaches to ministry in urban environments helping to deepen understanding and sharpen practice.

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Course Title Length of Study
MA in Theology (Compassionate Ministry and Humanitarian/Development Practices) 1 year (Full Time) Up to 5 years (Part Time)
Short Description

The Compassionate Ministry and Humanitarian/Development Practices pathway offers the opportunity for students to engage with an emerging theology of humanitarian practices – exploring the complex questions that emerge for Christians engaged in social transformation through acts of compassion and professional development agencies. It offers opportunity to explore with other practitioners the interface of theology, faith, cultures and development practices. The path supports the exploration of issues that emerge for those engaging in compassionate ministry and social justice through humanitarian and/or development practices. It offers the chance to engage in constructively critical reflection on, and engagement with, different approaches to ministry through social transformation.

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Coaching New Urban Seedbeds

Taking on new interns, apprentices or other Christians exploring vocation is not easy in fragile, urban ecosystems. Newbigin School for Urban Leadership seeks to stand with those urban community leaders offering placements and provide resources and mentoring to give every opportunity for these experiences to be as healthy as possible.


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