A Fellows Program is an intensely practical nine to ten month spiritual and vocational leadership program that prepares you to live a seamless life of faith. The program includes a part-time professional job in your field of interest, theological coursework, Biblical study, mentoring and service. All of this takes place in community with the other Fellows in your class. This leadership development program will equip you to have a thoughtful impact in the world. By participating in a Fellows Program, you will discern how your story fits into God's story. You will start your post-college years with a strong foundation for a cohesive life of faith—a full life that seamlessly weaves together your career, your personal life and your place in God's story. You'll begin to answer some of life's most important questions: How do you think "Christianly" about work, culture, friendships and experiences? The Fellows Initiative (TFI) promotes the understanding that all of life is ministry by helping to establish and nurture Fellows Programs in local churches across the country. Governed by a Board of Directors, TFI ensures that the essential components of Fellows Programs are in place. Each local program is committed to the same core principles and has essential components. Yet because of their diverse nature, each Fellows Program offers something unique. TFI plans conferences and retreats for all Fellows to participate in. TFI promotes community among Fellows Program leadership across the country for mutual prayer and practical support.
Mission: The Fellows Initiative (TFI) provides support to existing Fellows Programs and helps new programs to begin and flourish. Our goal is to establish excellent Fellows Programs, inspiring young postgraduate students all over the United States to live whole, Christ-centered lives. TFI is committed to fostering and encouraging locally run Fellows Programs that prepare tomorrow’s leaders to live faithfully and to be thoughtful agents of God’s goodness, beauty and truth in the Church and the world by: Exploring an all-encompassing faith, Nurturing a heart for the Church, and Awakening a hunger to engage the culture. Fellows programs are concerned with cultivating a person who is on a lifelong journey to live faithfully in the Church and in the world. The essence and expression of a particular Fellows Program is much broader and more far reaching than a church-based internship program. Though some Fellows Programs have Fellows who have as their work component a youth ministry or pastoral internship, Fellows Programs are not directly or primarily purposed with providing training for future church staff positions. Many Fellow Programs include a significant church service component and many Fellows Program graduates feel called to join church staffs or pursue a seminary degree or go “on the mission field.” But, to be clear, the vision for individual Fellows Programs, and for The Fellows Initiative as a whole, is to prepare and equip the next generation of leaders to embrace the Church and engage God’s world in their God-given work as lawyers, doctors, bankers, homemakers, artists, pastors, journalists, engineers, athletes, entrepreneurs, and in all work and vocational expression.
NEW BLOG ALERT!! Follow the link below to learn more about the remarkable story of former fellow, Baylee Eby, founder of Dreamer & Co.!
“Baylee’s story serves as a reminder that the God who writes our life stories is an author who knows what He’s doing. Our backgrounds shape our present and guide our futures.”
TFI continues to accept applications for the 2020-2021 Fellows year! Are you a current college senior, or know college seniors considering next steps after graduation? We strongly encourage you to apply for a Fellows program! Follow the link below to begin your application!
Welcome back to the TFI blog! This month we are featuring an integral component of the fellows experience: host families! Hear from a former fellow reflect on living with a host family from the church and the unique perspective this provides.
thefellowsinitiative.org by Sarah Dodson The host family element of a fellows program can be a daunting concept, on both ends. Will I be able to truly rest in a stranger’s home? Will my home be restful with a stranger in it? Will I eventually come to feel like a friend rather than a stranger? Will he or she be a good “f...
Repost • @saltlakefellows "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
We are a constantly striving people. Even social distancing and quarantine cannot quench our desire to busy ourselves relentlessly with anything. Perhaps we can learn to slow down, to pray, to be still. In a season where our time with others in community is limited we have the opportunity to witness to and reflect God's character through our REST. Our rest in the midst of trouble proclaims our reliance, our dependence, and our trust in the God who holds the future.
Do we believe God is King? That he sits on the throne? Let's be a people of rest. Our rest allows us to stop solving, stop striving and stop fixing as a means to survive. In the King's economy we rest in his providence, while a weary world watches and wonders why we aren't as frantic.
God, help us to be a people of faith, hope and love in a time of doubt, fear and self-reliance. "On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is shaking sand."
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International adventures, joint retreats, and half marathons! We are so grateful for the work of these incredible programs. Considering a Fellows program or know someone interested in taking the next step? Follow the link below and help spread the word!
We continue to accept applications for the 2020-2021 Fellows year. Apply today using the link below!
From meetings with a governor, serving locally and internationally, to weekend adventures, Fellows have been very busy! Would you pray for them as they faithfully consider next steps after the program year? Interested in being a Fellow or learning more about these amazing programs? Follow the link below!
Can retreat season never end?! Fellows are continuing to get back into the swing of things as the second half of the program year gets underway!
Welcome back to all fellows! 2020 is already off to a strong start with winter retreats. College seniors: interested in exploring what it might look like to join a Fellows program? Follow the link below:
Merry Christmas from The Fellows Initiative! We are so thankful the work God has done through all Fellows programs in 2019 and look forward to all that is in store for 2020. Bring on the new decade!
Interested in being a fellow next year? Our early application deadline is just a day away! Follow the link below to apply and encourage other college seniors to explore these amazing opportunities!
Considering a Fellows program? Our early application deadline is just a day away! Follow the link in our bio to apply and encourage others to explore these amazing opportunities.
Many of our Fellows programs have an upcoming deadline on November 30! We encourage you to prayerfully consider applying to our programs and spread the word. Follow the link below to apply!
TFI welcomes the Franklin Fellows program, now accepting applications for its charter class! Led by founding director Michael Armentrout, Franklin fellows will spend nine months in a paid internship, graduate study, service in the church and the community in Nashville and Franklin, TN. Be sure to visit their website: franklinfellows.com and spread the word!
25 Fellows programs came together for a weekend filled with fellowship and healthy ultimate frisbee competition at the Micah 6:8 Conferences!
Micah 6:8 conferences are underway!
This weekend, fellows programs across the country will gather to explore the intersection and application of justice and mercy at the Micah 6:8 conferences in Memphis, TN and Oxford, NC. We pray that all who are gathered this weekend will find encouragement from God’s word, rich community, and the call to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”
Happy fall from fellows everywhere! Interested in joining a Fellows program, learning more, or know someone who’d like to join? Follow the link below to explore further!
New program alert!! TFI is thrilled to announce the launch of the Atlanta City Fellows Program! Interested in learning more? Be sure to visit atlantafellows.com
It is hard to believe that Fellows applications are already open for next year! We encourage you to apply for programs that interest you through the TFI Common Application. Follow the link below!
A new season of Fellows is underway, and so are kickoff retreats! Welcome to all new fellows in chapters from across the country!
Join us in prayer today!
thefellowsinitiative.org Please join us for our annual day of prayer for fellows, program leaders, partners, and the many volunteers involved in the fellows movement.
This THURSDAY. Please join us for 30 minutes of prayer for fellows, the church, and the city! We are asking all directors, TFI staff and board members, local steering committees and volunteers, incoming and past fellows to pray for everyone impacted by fellows programs. Click to learn more on specific ways you can pray for fellows.
With nearly 30 programs across the country, over 250 fellows annually, more than 2,100 alumni, the fellows movement is spreading rapidly! Please join us on August 22nd to pray for everyone involved with and impacted by fellows. Follow the link to learn more about the ways you can participate in this day of prayer!
Jay McCabe, Director of the Virginia Beach Fellows program, shares his vision for the newest installation of fellows in this week’s blog: “Our greatest hope is that each of the Virginia Beach Fellows would have a deeper sense of who they are in the Lord,’” McCabe says. To that end, spiritual formation will be a central focus for Virginia Beach Fellows. Each one will have the opportunity to better engage their own story and develop spiritual practices through the program’s coursework as they grow in their faith.”
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Fellows program directors from around the country recently gathered at the TFI Director’s Summit to encourage one another in ministry. Read more in our latest blog!
“Although the program directors come from many churches and cities, they share a passion for equipping and inspiring the rising generation of Christian leaders for the workplace, church, and society. They also share a passion for the broader mission of equipping the church to impact the world around us.”
Beautiful downtown Colorado Springs, site of the First Pres Fellows program. Starting fall 2019!
What do Fellows learn? Check out our most recent blog!
"Fellows set off to learn about the mission of God in the world and our place within it. We learn that theology should never be abstract; all theological learning should be intentioned for heart change and constant reorientation to God.”
Just one of the many ways Fellows programs serve!
Greensboro Fellows helped facilitate at a conference designed to train pastors in Rwanda!
Fellows in Colorado Springs! Check out this week’s blog to learn more about one of the newest programs in the TFI network.
“Now that you have spent a year as a fellow, what are you going to do with this experience?”
Click to hear more about the 12th annual National Fellows Conference!
What does it look like to start well after Fellows? Check out this week's blog!
The Border Fellows Program provides a unique year in a dynamic, cross-cultural, and loving community with excellent opportunities to serve. Read more in this week’s blog!
TFI hosted church leaders and prospective fellows directors from across the country at its semi-annual “Come & See” training program this week!
We are very excited for the launch of the Peninsula Fellows Program in Yorktown, Virginia this fall! Led by Mark Shaw and Abby Grimes, this program promises to have a strong impact on the historic Virginia triangle community and beyond. Learn more in this week’s blog!
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