Change Makers UK (emerging leaders program)

Change Makers UK seeks to identify, invite and incubate together twenty high potential urban leaders aged 18-30 and grow their experiences as Christians in advocating for change in their spheres of influence. This especially includes campaigning, social entrepreneurship and neighbourhood-based community and discipleship building.  Change Makers UK is part of a wider movement of young leaders taking up responsibilities in spheres of personal, social and environmental change. The program originated in South Africa where helping emerging leaders fully engage Jesus with their hearts, heads and hands in the world brought real hope for transformation. Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited will partner to pilot and develop Change Makers for the first time in the UK

Nominated by key Christian leaders around the UK and invited by the Change Makers UK co-ordinating team, priority is given to urban leaders who have a high potential to build their confidence, connections and networks in the program. The program includes 3 live-in week-ends, 2 personal mentoring sessions and 2 regional days over an academic year. Each participant will develop a community-based initiative or campaign over the year that can be pitched for seed-funding in the last live-in week end. Nominations are now open for a start in October 2016.

>Cost: £ 1000 per year (scholarships sought)

Newbigin Associates (community worker formation in Winson Green)

This twelve month leadership and community formation ‘seed bed’ experience is for 12 participants based in Winson Green and Handsworth. The focus is on joining community life, growing and developing spiritually, personally and in skills for neighbourhood renewal. While some participants are already local to the neighbourhood and will remain, others will use this as a vocation discernment time and take up opportunities to be ‘re-planted’ in another neighbourhood once the year is over. The Newbigin Associates program includes living in Winson Green, a community work placement, a  weekly action- reflection group, retreats, monthly seminars and mentoring.  Newbigin Associate could also do some part time formal study with one of our partner Colleges. We hope to commission the first Newbigin Associates in Winson Green in October 2016.

> Cost:  approximately £ 250 per month for those living in Newbigin House

Newbigin Annual Public Lecture

To stimulate Christians into deeper urban engagement we offer a public lecture with a high profile urban Christian leader who embodies a contemporary spirit of Lesslie Newbigin. We also commission leaders who are in our Newbigin Associates and Award programs and bring together supporters and neighbours to pray and give thanks for the opportunities we have. The first Newbigin Annual Public Lecture is to be help in Winson Green, 7:30pm October 9th, 2016.

 Compassionate Community Leaders Course

A six session, weekly seminar course aimed at mobilising, forming and equipping local leaders for more effective neighbourhood renewal. It is a practical mixture of tools, skills and character training based on the teachings of Jesus with an Asset-Based Community Development and Organising perspective.

> Cost? Free for residents of Winson Green and Handsworth.

> Cost for offering the course in other neighbourhoods? £60 per participants.

Community Internships and Residencies

From time to time the Newbigin School for Urban Leadership can offer live-in opportunities for Christian students and workers who with our partner Colleges and/or missions. 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.

 Community Research Supervision

Through our international network of scholars and practitioners we help to identify opportunities, threats and best practices for transforming urban neighbourhoods. The research and policy findings will be made available via our partners and publications. This includes non-formal research as well as Doctoral and Master’s supervision through our partnership with Newbigin Centre (Ridley Hall, Cambridge), Urban Life (Bristol Baptist College), Nazarene Theological College and CMS.

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.


While many Christians are aware of the vast, urban needs in the world, few find meaningful, personal responses. We therefore offer mobilisation opportunities for urban engagement through the following co.  Contact: Ashley Barker for more details.

> 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)

 > Speaking
Ash & Anji Barker are available to speak at mobilising events, conferences and churches. For more details see here.

> Publishing

Ash Barker’s has written 8 books with this latest Risky Compassion launched in London May 6th 2015. More publications are planned that can inspire and inform neighbourhood renewal too. To see and full list and to order your copies see:

 > Media

Ash and Anji Barker are available for various media engagements. Previous media engagements can be seen here.

 > Seminars

The Barkers are available for various seminars and retreats that help Christians connect with Jesus and his relationships with poverty, community and place.

  • Cost: £25 per participant per day (minimum of 10).

 > ’Urban Change’ blog, podcast, newsletter

Newbigin House has a regular newsletter and blog that helps to share news and views with supporters and readers. It can be found here.

Hosting Intensive Courses

Through our College partners we offer accredited courses in the areas of urban theology, mission and community organising.  These are run based at Newbigin House.

Hosting Immersion Courses

Through our Mission partners we offer immersion courses to help prepare Christian workers and leaders to better engage our new urban world. There are run based from Newbigin House.

Hosting ‘Urban Shalom Project’ campaign with ‘International Society for Urban Mission’, WEA’s Creation Care Network, Micah Global. 

Through our Network partners we help campaign, research and bring together Christians to be better engage our new urban world. ‘The Urban Shalom Project’ has a particular focus on influencing the UN Habitat III process for the cities we need and to help support and keep local governments accountable to create space for the best urban practices. See

Hosting ‘Community Chaplaincy Course’ with Yellow Ribbon

Through our partnership with Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy and the Community Chaplaincy Association we offer a nationally recognised course for community chaplains. This two day course offers six sessions to help participants learn the skills for befriending and mentoring people coming out of prison. These are run around the country and are also hosted at Newbigin House.








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