Theopolis Fellows Program

Fellows Program
Theopolis is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 program.

Today’s world is 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.

Decadence has spread faster and faster in recent years. Political and cultural leaders brazenly defend the killing of unborn babies and promote sexual perversions. They celebrate butchering physicians who promise to turn boys into girls and girls into boys.

All solid ground has turned liquid, or dissolved into thin air.

Christians scramble to piece together 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.

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

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

We don’t look back. We look forward with hope in the God of hope.

THE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Theopolis Fellows Program is the flagship initiative of the Theopolis Institute. It’s the place where we initiate men and women into the Theopolitan vision for the church and the world.

Fellows meet in Birmingham, Alabama, for a two-week “Trinity Term” session in July, and regather for “Epiphany Term” the following January.

Alastair Roberts, Jeff Meyers, and Peter Leithart teach through the entire Bible, overview liturgical theology, and train Fellows in liturgical practice. David Field teaches on personal maturity and counseling.

John Ahern teaches on church music, Paul Buckley trains Fellows to chant Psalms, and Caleb Skogen leads common worship three times a day.

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:30 AM: Matins
9:00-noon: Morning Lectures
12:00-12:15 PM: Sext
12:15-2:00 PM: Lunch
2:00-4:30 PM: Afternoon Lectures
5:00-6:00 PM: Music Practicum
6:00-6:30 PM: Vespers
6:30-7:30: Dinner
8:00-10:00: Informal conversation

SAMPLE TRINITY TERM LECTURE SCHEDULE

SAMPLE EPIPHANY TERM SCHEDULE

During the autumn and winter, Fellows meet with Theopolis instructors every other week for online “Pesher Group” seminars. We discuss key Theopolitan books and explore selected Scripture passages together.

Fellows admitted to the honors track complete and publicly defend an honors thesis or project.

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

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

There's more to the Fellows Program than what happens in the classroom and the sanctuary. Fellows live together, share meals, carry on late-night conversations, formulate inside jokes.

Trinity Term ends with a raucous talent contest we've dubbed "The Buckleys."

Fellows graduate from the Program with a deeper grasp of Scripture and worship. They also graduate as a community of friends and co-belligerents, prepared to pursue Theopolitan reform together.

WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?


The staff and faculty of Theopolis are Reformed in our convictions, but the Fellows Program isn't just for Presbyterian or Reformed Christians. Past Fellows include Anglicans, leaders in Acts29 churches, an Orthodox Christian.

And the Fellows Program isn’t just for pastors. It’s for men and women who want to learn more about the Bible, contribute to the revitalization of the church, and study and work alongside like-minded colleagues.

Over the years, our Fellows have included an HVAC engineer, a member of the military, a journalist, a builder, and a garage-door repairman. Next year's class could include you.


Click HERE for application.

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