Junior Fellows Program

Worlds Die

The Western world has grown decadent, well-advanced along the path of decay Paul describes in Romans 1.

Because we do not acknowledge God or give thanks, God has delivered us to bewildering sexual, moral, and political confusions.

Christians scramble to piece together the fragments of decency and godliness that remain. We frantically plug holes to keep the leaky ship afloat.

That is not the need of our time.

Sometimes a world must die, because God sentences it to death. We shouldn’t cling to corpses. Let the dead bury their dead.

The Spirit of Resurrection

But the Father of Jesus is the God of resurrection. He always gives new, glorious life beyond the grave.

At Theopolis, we believe the church is the Spirit’s instrument of renewal. Not the family, not the state, not the school, not para-church ministries, but the church.

The church doesn’t refresh the world by power politics or gimmickry. The church is potent when she is herself, God’s city, called to transform the cities of men.

She spreads God’s light and life as she hears and obeys His Word and worships Him with vigor and sincerity.

Already we see glimmers of dawn – in the lively churches of the South, in pockets of faithfulness in Europe and North America, in devotion to Scripture, the church, and the Lord’s Table.

To stoke up these flickers of vitality, the church needs visionary leaders, culture-makers who lay foundations for the future.

We need leaders who follow Jesus by giving their lives for the life of the world.

Revised Fellows Program

Since 2013, the Theopolis Institute has been training imaginative, courageous Christian leaders to meet the challenges of our time. We have erected scaffolding for the work of rebuilding the house of God.

And next summer, we are making it easier for you to join this band of dedicated leaders, when we inaugurate our revised Junior Fellows Program.

Theopolis will admit up to thirty men and women as 2019-2020 Junior Fellows. Junior Fellows will meet in Birmingham, Alabama, for a two-week session in July, and regather for a week-long session the following January.

Junior Fellows will learn how to read the Bible, master the fundamentals of liturgy, and engage with critical cultural problems and thinkers. Each day will be punctuated by worship and Psalm-singing.

This following is a sample daily schedule:

8:30 AM                     Matins

9:00 AM – noon      Lectures

12:00 PM                   Sext

12:30-2:30 PM          Lunch and Fellowship

2:30-3:30 PM            Lecture

3:30-4:30 PM            Vespers

5:00-6:00 PM            Lecture or Seminar

6:00-8:00 PM            Dinner

8:00-10:00 PM          Fellowship, Singing, Reflection

Between summer and winter terms, Junior Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with Theopolis instructors in online seminars.

Junior Fellows admitted to the honors track will complete and publicly defend a thesis or project.

All who finish the Fellows Program will receive a Fellows Certificate.


We welcome men and women from every Christian tradition. Each applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a pastor or elder. Applicants will normally be college graduates.

The cost of the program is $2,900 and covers tuition, lodging, meals, books and other required materials for both the summer and winter sessions. Students are responsible for travel to and from Birmingham.

The summer session for the 2019-2020 Junior Fellows Program will be held July 18-July 26, 2019 in Birmingham. The January 2020 winter session dates are January 13-17.