Gordon College Partnership

A Shared Vision for the Gospel in All of Life

Denver Institute for Faith & Work and Gordon College have partnered to offer the 5280 Fellowship to emerging leaders in the Denver metro area.

Why partner with another institution / Gordon College?

As a nationally-ranked Christian liberal arts university, Gordon College’s mission is to graduate students “distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.” Gordon’s commitment to Christian faith and its influence on every sphere of society is a natural fit with DIFW’s mission to extend the reach of theological education into the working world.

Moreover, the 5280 Fellowship model is derived in large part from a study of the White House Fellowship by Michael Lindsay, Gordon’s president. Widely respected, the White House Fellowship is perhaps the nation’s best leadership development program. Each of the four elements that have made it effective — a diverse cohort, substantive work assignments, a broadening education, and public recognition — are incorporated into the 5280 Fellowship. (For more information, see Jeff Haanen’s interview with Michael Lindsay on his book View From the Top.)

What does the partnership mean for Fellows? 

Each year, faculty from Gordon College will serve as guest presenters in the Fellowship in Denver. (For the 2016-2017 session, Gordon College President Michael Lindsay will present at the second weekend retreat.) Also, upon successful completion of the program, Gordon College and Denver Institute for Faith & Work will present Fellows with a Certificate in Theology, Work & Culture. This public recognition will assist Fellows in future career endeavors as a symbol of distinction.

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