Help your members develop a satisfying biblical response to cultural pressure points.
Christians across the nation increasingly find themselves confronted with an array of ideological and cultural challenges. Believers are hungry, maybe even desperate, for guidance from church leaders. The Colson Fellows Program is designed to provide the practical depth needed to answer today’s challenges, and our Church Affiliate Program is designed to bring the Fellows Program into local churches, led by trained members of their own staff and congregation.
Church Affiliates of the Colson Fellows Program are facilitated by either your staff members or designated lay leaders who have successfully completed the Colson Fellows Program. If there are currently no commissioned Colson Fellows on staff or within your congregation, we will provide up to four full scholarships. (Number of free scholarships is based on the average attendance size of your church, with a minimum of 2 provided for every church.)
Through a Memorandum of Understanding, Church Affiliates agree to recruit the minimum number of students necessary to achieve the ideal learning experience (typically 5-7) in the Colson Fellows Program in exchange for discounted tuition rate 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 only pay for those students who remain enrolled as of October 1st. This allows your learners to get settled into the Program and ensures that you only pay for those students who are most likely to complete the Program. Students will pay their tuition directly to the Church Affiliate. We strongly recommend that students 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.
If you want to learn more, simply click on link below to Request More Information. There you can tell us more about your church and upon submission, we will email you a detailed overview of the Church Affiliate Program, including a step-by-step description of the process from scheduling our initial Zoom call and training your local leaders to announcing the Colson Fellowship at your church and hosting your first class.
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.
One 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 Center is deeply committed to Christian educators, and those institutions that are educating the next generation from a consciously Christian perspective. Institutions and individuals currently participating in the Colson Educators program receive a 50% scholarship to the Colson Fellows Program. If you are NOT currently a “Colson Educator,” you can still receive a 50% scholarship by completing Module 1 of the Worldview Formation Course (approximately 1 hour). If all 4 modules were completed, you will receive 0.78 CEUs (0.39 Bible & 0.39 Education).
Christian Educators enroll in either one of our Regional Cohorts (if available) or one of our Online Cohorts where they will participate in monthly meetings alongside other Colson Fellows-in-Training.
No, the Colson Fellows Program is considered to be the most rigorous and comprehensive study of worldview from a Christian theological perspective, therefore all Colson Fellows-in-Training participate in the same program using the same curriculum. However, our Colson Educators Program offers additional online courses and tools specific to K-12 Christian education that both enhance the teacher’s understanding and serve to train students in the classroom.
Yes, ACSI will award up to 20 “Bible” or "Educational" Continuing Education Units for those who successfully complete the Colson Fellows Program. Additional CEUs are available through the Colson Educators Program as additional courses are completed.
As a Colson Fellow, you will have access to the Colson Educators Program, which offers a broad range of state-of-the-art educational tools and curriculum for use in training teachers, administrators and students in topics ranging from the foundations of a Christian worldview to the biblical perspective on current cultural issues. Visit www.colsoneducation.org to learn more.
“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.”