Why the Colson Fellows Program
From the opening pages of Scripture, God gives us a glorious mission: to partner with him in taking his good creation and making it flourish. God calls humanity not just to inhabit the world but to make something of it and mold and shape it according to his design and direction.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. –Genesis 2:15
As believers, we should not be merely participants in the culture around us. God calls us to be active in shaping and impacting our culture for Christ and his kingdom. In the Colson Fellows Program, we help to develop in our participants a strong, Christian worldview so that they can boldly and intentionally go out into the world around them and be effective ministers of the Gospel in all spheres of our culture.
In the words of British missionary-theologian Lesslie Newbigin, the calling of Christians is “to live in the kingdom of God in such a way that it provokes questions for which the gospel is the answer.” Find out how others are living as Redemptive Agents to the culture at this article from Breakpoint Ministries.
In the Colson Fellows Program, we examine a myriad of issues and ideologies that are flooding our marketplaces, schools and universities, homes, and even our churches. Colson Fellows spend time looking at topics like racial tension, gender identity, sexual orientation, Critical Race Theory, religious liberty, and the sanctity of life. Not only that, but we look at different worldviews and the many ideologies that have shaped our culture over time.
Colson Fellows are a diverse and courageous community of Christians—from corporate CEOs and university professors to homeschool moms, teachers, pastors, and ministry leaders—all pursuing God’s glory in every arena of life for the good of the world.
This ten-month course will guide you through the intersections of theology, faith, and culture. You will engage in daily devotionals related to contemporary cultural issues, complete curated book studies, and interact with faculty and fellow students from across the country on the Colson Fellows Learning Platform.
Course Duration: July 1, 2023 through May 2024
Course Commissioning: May 2024
- Daily Devotionals (Monday- Friday) that provide a scriptural thread weaving together all course components
- Weekly video assignments that serve as resources for discussion and teaching
- Bi-Weekly webinars with Christian thought leaders and many of the authors of the assigned books
- Monthly in person gatherings with your HCBC cohort members and mentors to discuss course material for a deeper understanding and application of the content
- Teaching Practicum in which you will develop a 4-5 session mini course on a worldview topic of your choice in order to grow your participants understanding of God’s mission in the world and their part in it.
- 3-year Plan for Ministry in which you will develop a strategy to impact the world around you through what you’ve learned in the program and what God has called you to do.
Additional Program Features:
- 24/7/365 access to the Colson Fellows Online Learning Platform
- Strengths Finder Assessment
- Lifetime access to Colson Center resources and ongoing worldview education
- Inclusion in a network of over 2,500 Colson Fellows working across the globe in various spheres of Christian ministry.
Typically, participants in the Colson Fellow Program pay $900 in tuition. Through an exclusive licensing agreement with the Colson Center, Hill Country Bible Church members only pay $550 in tuition.
Participants will need to purchase course books from a source of their choosing, such as Amazon. Estimated book cost is an additional $200.
Applications are due no later than June 15, 2023
Pre-reading begins on or before July 1, 2023
Online access to the course opens the first week of August 2023.
Cohort meetings with fellow Hill Country attenders will be held monthly on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am - 12:30pm beginning August 2023 and run through May 2024.
Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours a week on curriculum throughout the 10 month program
Students completing the program will be commissioned in May 2024.
Registration for the 2023-24 Course is open.
- 1st Step: Apply on the Colson Fellows website by June 15, 2023
- 2nd Step: Register on HCBC site to pay fees by June 30, 2023
Testimonials from Participants
Involvement in the Colson Fellow Program has deepened my awareness of the culture I am living in. My understanding of historical events and philosophical trends has given me better perspective to articulate and process from a Biblical Worldview. I feel a greater sense of urgency and responsibility to engage with our culture to make an impact.
Tana, Colson Fellow 2023
The ancient Philosopher Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living”. Living with the headlines of our present day, I now believe the unexamined culture is not worth following. Participating in the Colson Fellows program has equipped me to dissect our culture through a scriptural and historical lens to learn how the faithful believers of the past made a difference in their cultural moments. I’m able to engage with people across the cultural spectrum kindly, confident the beliefs I hold are based on truth and the Word of God.
Laurie, Colson Fellow 2023
I feel that I have read a lot more information that I expected, and that while there was some repetition, this has been a very valuable study. I have recommended it to several other people in our neighborhood small group. I have already begun to use some of this information in interactions with family and coworkers!
Bryan, Colson Fellow 2023
It has provided me with rigorous intellectual content while emphasizing spiritual growth. The practice in practical application of Christian principles has helped me identify real world cultural contradictions. Having the opportunity to discuss these topics with like-minded classmates has provided insights into how we might respond to those who think differently. In addition, collaborating with like-minded individuals has provided a community.
Marion, Colson Fellow 2023