Your days are full. But when is the time to pursue God’s Kingdom if not now? The Colson Fellows Program was designed for men and women with busy, complex lives. This unique program combines spiritual formation and worldview development through a combination of reading, online learning and monthly meetings with your peers to provide an intense and rewarding experience.
The base of the Colson Fellows Program is structured, online self-study through carefully curated and thought-provoking reading assignments. You’ll discuss what you’ve studied in regular monthly meetings with fellow students, and Cohort leaders. You’ll further enhance your biblical knowledge and understanding through focused daily devotionals and discipleship activities.
You will participate in online webinars with Christians who are at the forefront of cultural engagement. Twice each month, leading practitioners, authors, scholars, and opinion leaders will bring you thought-provoking lectures and discussions that will help you become a stronger leader for Christ. These regular gatherings will connect you with Colson Fellows-in-training from across the United States, and around the world.
Participants will read 12-14 books over the course of the program. Each year the reading list is carefully reviewed and updated to capture some of the more pressing issues of the cultural moment.
In May of 2021, students can choose to attend Wilberforce Weekend, our annual conference, featuring world-class speakers and the national commissioning ceremony.
While you will be putting your training into practice throughout the program, the Teaching Practicum is an important opportunity to practice the teaching skills and principles you are acquiring in the program by actually instructing your peers on a relevant topic in the course. This is a valuable experience where you will receive feedback and encouragement in a safe environment.
Upon completion of the program, students don’t graduate, they are commissioned as Colson Fellows, further equipped for service in God’s kingdom. Each Regional Cohort will host its own commissioning ceremony, however many students from both Regional and Online Cohorts choose to attend the national commissioning ceremony at Wilberforce Weekend, our culminating event of the year, which features a stunning line-up of renowned speakers.
Everyone has a worldview. Actually, a worldview has everyone. It is a mark of being created in the image and likeness of God. We are driven to make sense of the world and our place in it. Students will learn how to understand and identify worldviews, how they manifest in the resulting culture, and where they compare and contrast with the Christian worldview.
Understanding Worldviews 1
Pre-reading; the Foundations of Christianity
Understanding Worldviews 2
Making Sense of Christianity and Other Worldviews
How Are We to Live?
Understanding Worldviews 3
Explaining the Christian Worldview
Why We Live the Way We Do
Understanding Worldviews 4
Defending the Christian Worldview
Apologetics for Our Time
We are usually unaware of how deeply our culture shapes us. The Colson Fellows Program helps students recognize the subtle forces of culture on the ideas and values around us. This understanding equips students to identify areas of need and opportunities to make a difference.
How Culture Forms our Lives
Teenagers, Racism and Islam
Foundations for Making a Difference in Culture
Developing Passion for God’s Work
Upon understanding worldview and culture, students are now able to analyze and interpret current cultural “flashpoints” such as sexual and racial identity, same-sex marriage, religious liberty, and sanctity of life. Students can respond with theologically grounded responses, making a positive difference in the culture around them.
Flashpoints in Culture: Creation Theology
Encountering LGBTQ, Islam, Abortion
Knowing and Speaking Truth in Love
Flashpoints in Culture: American Challenges
Race, Leadership, Society & Politics
Overcoming the Past to Deliver Hope
Preparing to Plan: God’s Guidance and Work
Vocation, Calling, Mission, Vision
Knowing God and Yourself
Students study the idea of calling and bearing the image of God by exercising dominion and care over God’s world and making it better through our creative attention. The program concludes with the development of a three-year ministry plan that puts into practice all that the students have learned. Upon commissioning, Colson Fellows go on to implement their plans through their vocation, ministry, church, or local community.
Forming a Cultural Response: God Working Through Us
Getting Involved in God’s Audacious Plan
Serving God’s Purpose in Your Time
Your Cultural Response: Looking Ahead with a Plan
Putting it All Together
Commissioned to Serve
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– Dr. Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College