A transformative decision:
a lifetime of impact
The Course Outline
The base of the Colson Fellows Program is structured, ongoing self-study through carefully chosen, thought-provoking reading assignments. You’ll discuss what you’ve studied in an online forum that offers a lively, free-flowing exchange of ideas and experiences. You’ll further enhance your biblical knowledge and understanding through focused devotionals and discipleship activities.
Monthly Remote Gatherings
You’ll take part in webinars and teleconferences with Christians at the forefront of cultural engagement. Each month, authors, scholars, and opinion leaders will bring you intelligent, inspiring 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 even around the world.
First Weekend Residency
Your first Weekend Residency will bring all Colson Fellows-in-training together to share a powerful weekend of lectures, training, and relationship building. This weekend will be the opportunity to spend time face to face with peers and faculty and to initiate relationships that will challenge you on your Colson Fellows Program journey.
Identify Your Personal Mission Field
Once your training has advanced, you will have the chance to identify your special ministry focus — the personal mission field in your own community where God is calling you to serve. You will start to develop your strategic Three-Year Ministry Plan for addressing your ministry focus. This plan will utilize your passion, experience, and life of discipleship to reach those you can best reach.
Second Weekend Residency
For your second Weekend Residency, you will gather again with your fellow Colson Fellows-in-training for another important time of collaboration with peers and challenging instruction from program faculty — leading thinkers and doers in the area of Christian worldview. This weekend will set the stage for your last phase of the program, leading up to the final Commissioning Residency.
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.
The final residency is the Wilberforce Weekend, at which Colson Fellows will gather with hundreds of others for a final weekend of training, networking, and fellowship. The weekend culminates with a commissioning ceremony.
The Colson Fellows Program curriculum was designed for men and women with busy, complex lives. This unique program combines structured lessons, online learning, and face-to-face weekend residencies with a flexible schedule, to provide an intense, rewarding discipleship experience.