Fellows Program Description, continued

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.

Time Commitment

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:

  • Monthly reading: Fellows engage with selected books, audio and video resources, and brief articles; personal reflection time is essential for the reading to make its impact (approximately 250 pages of reading per month)
  • Discipleship group fellowship: Fellows meet monthly in triplets or quads for prayer and accountability (2 hours). This, too, is an essential part of the transformation process.
  • One-on-one mentoring: Each Fellow meets privately once a month with a mentor for discussion and spiritual guidance (75-90 minutes). The mentor meeting enables you to develop a relationship with an older and more mature believer, in which you can discuss what you are learning, or other issues raised through your studies.
  • In December, Fellows participate in an urban service project ("Urban Plunge"), which requires all day Saturday.          

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. A strong desire to know and love God more deeply and to live out the gospel more faithfully.
  2. A strong desire to actively serve Christ upon completion of the program, evidenced by a commitment and tentative plan of disciplemaking.
  3. A strong desire to share the gospel of Christ with others and to help them grow as His disciples.
  4. A commitment to engage with the program in terms of attendance, reading, group participation, and being mentored in discipleship.
  5. A willingness to be open about his or her intellectual, spiritual, and personal life, along with a desire to receive godly insight and guidance from a spiritual mentor.
  6. A geographic proximity to program venue and ability to attend all meetings.
  7. Support of the applicant's spouse, if married.
  8. The Institute staff's reasonable expectation that the applicant will benefit from the program and become a stronger, more credible and effective disciple of Jesus Christ in his or her sphere of influence.
  9. Availability of space in the group; compatibility with the group is also taken into consideration.
  10. Applicant must be 24 years of age or older by August 31, 2019.
After completing Year One, participants may opt to continue with more in-depth study in Year Two, which is offered based on demand in any given location.

Year One Fellows Program Content

The program focuses on a different biblical theme each month, including:

  • The Fatherhood of God
  • Receiving God's Grace 
  • Understanding True Conversion
  • Following Jesus Christ
  • Walking in the Holy Spirit
  • Being Transformed by Scripture
  • Living a Life of Love and Obedience
  • Walking in Humility
  • Growing in Prayer and Faith
  • Pursuing God's Call on Your Life
  • Defending the Faith -- Cultural Apologetics
  • Commending the Faith -- Conversational Apologetics
  • Our Mission -- Making Disciples


All Fellows groups are organized by gender and age:

  • Young Professionals (ages 24-34)
  • Mid-Career Professionals (ages 35-55)
  • Senior Professionals (ages 56 +)


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).


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