Applications open January 3rd, 2022 for the 2022-2023 Program.

Church Affiliates

Equip your church members

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will lead our Church Affiliate?

Church Affiliates 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- leaders.

What is the program schedule?

The Program begins on July 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.

How much does the program cost?

Through a Memorandum of Understanding, Church Affiliates purchase a minimum number of seats (typically 4-5) 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.

How are the finances handled?

Church Affiliates purchase seats from the Colson Center for only those candidates 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 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.

Interested in the Church Affiliate Program?

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.

Academic Partners

Excellence in Worldview Formation

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.”

Equipped to Transform Others

The Colson Center is deeply committed to Christian educators and those institutions that are educating the next generation from a consciously Christian perspective. Our commitment begins by offering K-12 Christian school faculty and administrators a discounted tuition rate of $450.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to become an Academic Partner?

There are no requirements per se except a shared vision and a willingness to allow us to serve you and your school. We begin the process by having you complete a basic application, which will provide us with the pertinent information about your school. After that we will schedule an initial meeting either in-person or by Zoom to walk you through the program and answer any remaining questions you may have.

How many staff members can enroll each year?

We will admit up to four staff members each year at the discounted tuition rate.

How will staff members attend and/or participate in the Program?

Academic Partners will enroll their candidates 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.

Does the Academic Partnership tailor the Program specifically to educators?

All Colson Fellows-in-Training participate in the same program using the same curriculum as the truths presented apply to every aspect of reality and every vocation. However, as an Academic Partner, you will have access to special features such as interactive sessions each month with Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown who, for twenty years, led two Christian universities. Here, Academic Partners can gain practical insight into the integration of worldview into every aspect of education. Additionally, Dr. Brown is available to our Academic Partners to offer insight, advice, counsel and encouragement to those laboring in the field of Christian education.

Are Colson Fellows eligible for CEU credits?

Yes, ACSI will award up to 20 “Bible” or "Educational" Continuing Education Units for those who successfully complete the Colson Fellows Program.

How much time is required each week to complete the Colson Fellows Program?

The estimated time of study ranges from 6-12 hours per week including daily devotions, reading, all other elements of the curriculum and monthly meetings (note: some of this time will replace existing time spent in daily devotions and reading). As this is a graduate-level program, which contributes to your staff’s professional development, we recommend that you allocate some additional time for your staff to participate in the Program.

What happens after our staff members become Colson Fellows?

The Colson Center has and will continue to develop a 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. We will work with those commissioned Colson Fellows on your staff to make them aware of available resources and their application. This way we provide your institution with staff and faculty who are trained in a deeper understanding and application of the Christian worldview to every aspect of education and the tools to influence everyone from teachers to students and their parents.

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Head of School

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First Grade Teacher

Endorsements

Dr. Seth Cohen

President, Jupiter Christian School, Jupiter, FL

“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.”

Dr. Shayne Grove

Middle and Upper School Principal, The First Academy, Orlando, FL

“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. “

Billy Hutchinson

Dean of Academics, AP Capstone, AP Psychology, Hickory Grove Christian School, NC

“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.”

Dr. Shannon Bomar

Former Director for Professional Development, ACSI

“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.”

Participating Schools

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