A hallmark of Christian school education has been the promise to help students “develop a Christian worldview.” Yet almost all school leaders admit their worldview education is among the weakest programs in their curriculum.
A Christian education leader lamented, “We’ve been teaching Christian worldview from day one. Not only are we not doing it well, we are finally realizing we have been setting up our kids for failure. They are grossly unprepared to live a life of faithfulness to Christ in today’s world.”
The Colson Fellows Academic program is designed to provide worldview training and mentoring to equip K-12 Christian School leaders and faculty. Faculty dive into a curriculum of the best contemporary worldview and cultural engagement speakers and writers, including Os Guinness, Chuck Colson, John Lennox, Thaddeus Williams, John Stonestreet, and Alisa Childers. They participate in regular webinars with many of these same authors to interact with their latest thinking about the Church and culture. Daily Bible study and cultural analysis provide an ongoing reinforcement of Christian worldview thinking and evaluation. Substantive interaction among the Fellows also takes place on regular basis to help engage the issues.
Fellows develop their own mission and vision statement as well as a three-year plan for implementing what they learn in their school or community. As they are transformed, they help transform the people, school and community around them.
Some of the schools utilizing the Colson Fellows Academic Affiliate program include Hickory Grove Christian School (Charlotte, North Carolina), North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina), Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas), Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (Fergus Falls, Minnesota), Little Rock Christian Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas), and Grapevine Faith Christian Academy (Grapevine, Texas).
Normally, candidates for the Colson Fellowship complete the program in ten months. However, the program was adapted for Academic Affiliates to take place over two academic years beginning each August and concluding each May.
Through a license agreement with the partner institution, the cost of tuition is $400 per candidate for the entirety of the program. There are additional book costs of $200.
By spreading the course over two years, the weekly time commitment is greatly reduced. On average candidates in the Academic Affiliate program report spending about 3-6 hours a week in Colson Fellow study.
“Christian school teachers with a robust, working Christian worldview are equipped to inspire their students to lead with their lives because they themselves have been inspired by God’s compelling vision for our world.”
“Serving as the Assistant Head of School in an independent Christian Academy, it is vital that I can effectively navigate today’s culture and re-shape it in a way that is pleasing to God. I’m excited to partner with other Colson Fellows to strengthen my own biblical knowledge and continue to develop a solid Christian worldview to assist me in working with future Christian leaders. “
“The Colson Fellows program was a great way to connect with other individuals who are interested in reading great books, growing in Christ, dialoguing about important Gospel-related matters, and seeking to be agents of change in the culture. The program is not for anyone who does not like to be challenged; but the rewards are worth the challenge. I would recommend the CF program to anyone who has interest in worldview thinking and how to respond to the challenges believers face “in this cultural moment” in a way that engages others with both the truths of Scripture and the grace, mercy and love found in Christ. I look forward to how God will use my participation in this program.”
“Often in Christian education we talk about worldview as a lens through which we see God’s creation and the world around us, and while it most certainly is that, it is so much more. A robust understanding of worldview is a deepened understanding of the whole story of Scripture and who I am as God’s created and called. . . The Colson Fellows program helped me ground and deepen this understanding and my purpose. Worldview is so much more than my perspective on Creation or knowing which Scripture supports a particular question or topic. It is who I am and how I live – in this culture and in this moment – I was created to be here.”
Help your members develop a satisfying biblical response to cultural pressure points.
Christians across the nation are increasingly finding themselves assaulted with an unprecedented array of ideological and cultural challenges and they’re looking to their pastors and church leaders for guidance. The Church Affiliate Program offers churches an opportunity to offer and facilitate the Colson Fellows Program in and through their churches, led by trained members of their staff or congregation.
Church Affiliate Cohorts are facilitated by either your staff members or
designated lay leaders who have successfully completed the Program
and are commissioned Colson Fellows. If there are currently no
commissioned Colson Fellows on staff or within your congregation, we
will provide up to four free “seats” to candidates whom you designate
to serve as leaders in the inaugural year of the program and every
year thereafter, as needed. We will provide support and training
throughout the delivery of the Program to your designated staff or lay-
We recommend that you don’t accept applications after June 1st as
there are “pre-reading” assignments and informational sessions in July.
The Program begins on or about August 1st when all candidates are given access to the Online Learning Platform. The Program concludes in May of the following year and candidates
who have successfully completed the requirements receive their
commission as Colson Fellows.
Through a license agreement, Church Affiliates purchase a minimum of five
seats in the Colson Fellows Program at a cost of $450 per candidate (normally $900). Additional seats can be purchased at the same individual rate
as needed. There are additional book costs for each participant of approximately $200.
Church Affiliates purchase seats from the Colson Center for only those candidates
enrolled as of October 1st. This allows your learners to get
settled into the Program and ensures that you only pay for those
candidates who are most likely to complete the Program. Candidates
pay their tuition to the Church Affiliate. We strongly recommend that
candidates bear the cost of tuition as this is a rigorous program and
investment on the part of the candidate proves very helpful in their
commitment to completing the Program. Books are purchased by each
candidate from a resource of their choice such as Amazon.
If you have questions, we’re here to help. Schedule a conversation with S. Michael Craven, Director of the Colson Fellows Program. We exist to serve the Church; we look forward to talking with you!