WHAT IS THE FELLOWS INITIATIVE?
The Fellows Initiative (TFI) started in 2006 as an outgrowth of the original Fellows program that was created and developed by The Falls Church Anglican, located just outside Washington DC. In response to growing interest in the Fellows Program model, TFI was founded to train, encourage, and support churches that are interested in applying the Fellows program model to their local context. Today, the Fellows Initiative is a network of more than 20 church-based Fellows programs aimed to equip the rising generation of Christian leaders with a holistic understanding of faith that transforms culture. Through its best practices, regular training, conferences, coaching, on-going support, and other efforts TFI works specifically to:
- Cultivate existing Fellows Programs
- Catalyze new Fellows Programs, and
- Connect Fellows Programs and TFI Alumni
What is a Fellows Program?
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?
Where do Fellows Work?
Fellows work in jobs in the marketplace. Our hope is to find you an entry-level position in your field of interest. All positions offer opportunities to learn and grow—to gain transferable skills and a network of contacts, and to serve as Christ would.
Some Fellows Programs have a Youth Ministry or vocational ministry job available to one or two Fellows in each class. These positions offer a Fellow who is discerning a call to vocational ministry an opportunity to work in the church. But, we desire to prepare and equip this generation of leaders to embrace the Church and to engage God's world in all expressions of God given work—as a lawyer, educator, doctor, banker, homemaker, artist, pastor, journalist, engineer, athlete, entrepreneur, etc.
By participating in a Fellows Program, you will discern how your story fits into God's story, and you'll begin to discern how you can participate in God's redemptive plan—through your career, and in all other areas of life. You will Start Well the professional stage of your life.
Who are Fellows?
Fellows are eager to experience seamless lives of Christian faith. Fellows commit to the schedule and guidelines of their Fellows Program. Fellows commit to accountability to one another and to the leadership of the program. Fellows are teachable. Fellows are humble. Fellows serve. Some Fellows are life-long followers of Christ—some are brand new believers. Fellows graduated from public or private colleges and they have a wide variety of vocational interests. Fellows are not afraid to ask tough questions, to take risks, or to step into leadership, assuming responsibility when appropriate. Fellows disciple the young and are students of the wise. Fellows love because Christ loved us.
Fellows want to Start Well!