Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified for the Colson Fellows program?
Qualified Fellows candidates are mature Christian adults who are committed to growing in their faith and becoming further equipped to engage the culture with the heart and mind of Christ.  They have a record of consistent Christ-centered living and are committed to investing the time and effort to fulfill the requirements of the Fellows program.

How long is the program?
This year, the program will begin in late July 2017 and conclude with the Fellows commissioning at the Wilberforce Weekend in April/May 2018.

How much travel is involved?
We will have three residencies throughout the program in September, January and April/May for the Wilberforce Weekend. National students are required to attend at least two of the three residencies. Affiliate students are not required to attend the residencies but will have their own meetings organized by the affiliate leader.

What is the estimated weekly time commitment required by the program?
Most graduates of the program say that it takes about 10 – 20 hours per week, depending on speed of reading and organizational skills. Here is an overview:

Reading: average about one book plus per month

Daily: read and comment on the daily 4 minute Breakpoint received by radio, podcast or email. Read a portion of Conformed to His Image. Complete a devotional Bible study (5x per week)

Monthly: one, sometimes two one-hour teleconferences with authors and leaders

Most have found they re-purpose their current devotional time and a portion of their leisure time to accommodate the program.  But don’t forget, this is not intended to be a hobby, but a re-engineering of thinking and focus on life, faith and culture. There are no short-cuts to anywhere worth going!

I work full-time. Can I still be involved?
Many of the Fellows candidates do work full-time. It is up to you to determine if you can fulfill the requirements. Graduates of the program are available to answer any questions you have. Just let us know and we will connect you.

How much does the program cost?
The tuition for the program is only a fraction of the cost. The Colson Center works hard to provide the resources to make the Colson Fellows program available. The cost for each student is $1,500 for the year for the National program. Additional expenses include books and materials as well as costs for attending the three residencies.

Scholarships are available as well as a payment plan.

Please e-mail Program Manager, Brooke Colon at  bcolon@colsoncenter.org for more information.

What denomination or theological persuasion does the Colson Center follow?
The Colson Center is not a church or school. The Colson Fellows program attracts students from across the spectrum of Christ-centered people. The doctrinal statement of the Center (available online) provides a solid foundation to draw followers of Christ together, not to divide. The goal is to equip believers to make a significant impact through their Christ-centered service.

What is the difference between the national and affiliate programs?
The National program and the Affiliate programs now follow the same content and curriculum. The major differences are: the Affiliate programs generally meet together on a regular basis; the National program provides three weekend residencies that allow you to meet and interact with well-known Christian thinkers and leaders. For many, this is the highlight of their program.

Each Affiliate operates differently so let us know if you have questions about a particular region and we will connect you with the regional leader.

Can you share more info about what the teaching practicum and three-year plan entail?
The teaching practicum and three-year plan arise from Chuck Colson’s concern that the Fellows Program not merely be an “input” operation. The goal is to equip you to put into practice what you learn.

The teaching practicum allows Colson Fellows to teach worldview and cultural concepts to others. The Fellows program provides the content, such as For the Life of the World, video series; the worldview engagement series by Dr. Brown, re:View, and a number of other materials. You can lead these in a Sunday school setting, as a home study, or any other setting you arrange.