How might a church, committed to the renewal of the city, invest in the next generation to impact New York City’s culture and marketplace with the fullness of the Gospel?
In September 2008, Redeemer committed to equip our young adults for gospel leadership in the world. With the Gotham Fellowship, we have initiated an intensive, top tier training program that engenders commitment from its participants and our congregation. Through the Gotham Fellowship we provide the theological, spiritual, and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work. The Fellowship integrates three primary elements to further the social, cultural, and spiritual renewal of New York City:
At the core of our program is the commitment to consider how the gospel impacts every area of life. We develop a worldview that draws from the deep resources of the Reformed tradition and is sufficiently robust to engage the diverse and complex culture of NYC.
SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Fellowship fosters personal, spiritual and professional development through daily devotions and relationships with pastoral leaders and mentors from the congregation.
The Fellowship is a community of peers, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, who are committed to each others’ spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND COMMITMENT
The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month program (similar to an Executive Education program) for 42 adults who are employed full-time in New York City and have at least two years of working experience. Our typical class comprises 50% men and 50% women between the ages of 25-35 working in fields including law, finance, education, government, non-profit, design, medicine, and the arts.
The Fellowship begins Labor Day Weekend and finishes Memorial Day Weekend. During these nine months, the Fellows meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. Three retreats (Labor Day, mid-winter and Memorial Day weekends) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.
The Fellows tuition fee helps offset program expenses. The fee is $2500 for Redeemer members and for those in process of Redeemer membership during the application period. For all other applicants the fee is $2750. Financial aid is available for all applicants and applications for financial aid will be sent out after final acceptance letters are sent.
We are seeking donors who can enable us to provide financial aid, as needed. Applications will be accepted in the spring for cohorts beginning the following September. Fellows will be selected by an admissions committee from applicants who best demonstrate 1) commitment to the City, 2) spiritual maturity, and 3) ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the Program.
BENEFITS TO THE FELLOWS
- Increased gospel worldview depth and sustainability
- Developing a defined sense of mission for early career and beyond
- Career advice and counseling from successful leaders in their field
- Developing a strategy for cultural renewal
- Opportunity to learn from experienced Christian leaders
- Exposure to the arts, cultural events, mercy/justice outreach
- Relationships with instructors, mentors, and speakers
- Community-based learning
The Gotham Fellowship will utilize diverse pedagogical methods to create a learning community of committed leaders with a passion for cultural renewal:
- An integrated curriculum on theology, worldview, and faith and work
- Prominent guest lecturers
- Group discussions and collaborative learning
- Guided devotional and spiritual formation
- Relationships with seasoned Christians active in the various spheres in the marketplace
- Cultural and artistic events in the City