Program Description, continued
The program is twelve months in length and has two phases. Each month focuses on in-depth engagement with a major theme in discipleship/spiritual transformation. Phase I runs from mid-May to early September and consists of an orientation meeting and lecture, followed by monthly Bible studies, memory verses, classic readings and written assignments. There are no group meetings or lectures in June, July and August. Phase II begins in September and runs through the first week in June of the following year. It involves monthly Bible studies, memory verses, classic readings and written assignments, a monthly mentor meeting, a monthly discipleship group meeting and a monthly Saturday morning lecture and discussion, which helps integrate all that has been learned on the theme.
A survey of Fellows who have completed the program revealed that 76% would be willing to lead a discipleship group in their home; 100% experienced an increase in their involvement in ministry to their family and neighborhood; 88% increased in their involvement in workplace ministry; and 84% said the program has “transformed or significantly impacted their life.”
As noted above, Phase II begins in September. We commence with a weekend retreat, which runs from Friday morning through lunchtime on Sunday. (You cannot participate in the Fellows program unless you attend the retreat, and no exceptions are made to this policy.) Thereafter, Fellows meet as a group one Saturday morning per month (typically 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) for instruction, group processing and fellowship. Fellows also meet once a month in a triplet for prayer and accountability. Please review all dates on the current calendar before applying to be certain you can commit to them.
The C.S. Lewis Fellows program requires a high level of commitment. Fellows continue in their careers while participating in this year-long program, and requirements are designed to be achievable even for busy professionals with families. Fellows are expected to complete all assignments and attend all regularly scheduled meetings. Think of it as an MA program, which requires you to attend all seminars, complete all assignments on time and process your learning with classmates. It becomes your second highest priority after your job. The time commitment is as follows:
Completion of an application, an interview with Institute staff or senior mentor, and two recommendations, one of which must be from the applicant's pastor. The following are important characteristics of the applicant for the Fellows Program:
Year One Fellows Program Content
The program focuses on a different biblical theme each month, including:
All Fellows groups are organized by gender and age:
The Institute incurs substantial expense in offering the program. Similar programs cost $2,500-$3,000. We ask Fellows to make the Institute one of the ministries (after the church) that he or she supports on a regular basis.
All Fellows must cover the cost of their participation in the weekend retreat and an urban service project day ("Urban Plunge). Fellows must also pay for the books and materials required for the program, which will cost approximately $325 for the year (if purchased new).