Thank you for your interest in the Church Affiliate Program of the Colson Fellowship. At the Colson Center we understand that the Church is God’s “Plan A” and there is no Plan B! As such, we exist to come alongside the local church to serve and assist you in the worldview formation of your members. For over twenty-five years the Colson Center has been helping countless individual Christians make sense of the world from a consciously Christian worldview.
Now, for the first time, we are offering the Colson Fellows Program to local churches. Below you will find answers to your basic questions.
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. Candidates will be selected by you. The student or church will be responsible for book costs.
The program begins in July of each year when students are given access to the Colson Fellows Online Learning Platform. The program concludes in May of the following year and students who successfully complete the requirements receive their commission as Colson Fellows. The program requires a significant time commitment as students will invest between 6-8 hours per week reading 12-14 books throughout the year, daily devotions, video assignments, attending live webinars, and meeting each month in their study cohort. Church Affiliates determine admission requirements for their members and serve as their leaders and mentors as they proceed through the course.
Through mutual agreement, Church Affiliates agree to purchase a minimum number of seats (typically 4-5) in exchange for a reduced cost of $450 per student. Additional seats can be purchased at the same individual rate as needed. There are additional costs for books 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 candidates who are most likely to complete the Program. Your students will pay their tuition directly to the church. We strongly recommend that you pass the tuition cost on to your students at a minimum as this is a rigorous program and financial investment on the part of the student reinforces their commitment to completing the Program.
Thank you for your interest in the Church Affiliate Program!