“God is Excited About Your Work”

Kelly Leadbetter is a 5280 Fellow in the 2017-2018 session and works as an urban planner with Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, a consulting firm that specializes in city transportation and infrastructure projects.

She spoke with Denver Institute Executive Director Jeff Haanen about her experience in the 5280 Fellowship and the program’s impact on her personal faith and daily work.

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Upcoming Alumni Events & Opportunities – 12/2017

New Denver Church
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
700 Bonnie Brae Boulevard, Denver, CO 80209

The 5280 Fellowship Christmas party – an evening of NO white elephant gifts and only OPTIONAL ugly Christmas sweaters. We’re bringing together our current and former Fellowship classes to connect over drinks and apps and Christmas songs (you’re welcome, Jeff).

We’ll be gathering at New Denver Church in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood – park in the back parking lot, look for the Denver Institute sign by the back door, and we’ll be in the event space immediately downstairs.

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“It Is Good”

A reflection one month into the 5280 Fellowship

I am currently going through the nine-month 5280 Fellowship, studying the intersection of work and faith.

I think a lot of people, including myself, struggle with the question of what intrinsic value our work brings to the world. As a sales professional, how can I be of value outside of just strictly driving profits to the bottom line? Is our work goal simply to make a bunch of money so we can retire and travel the globe?

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2017-2018 Class of 5280 Fellows


Founded by Denver Institute for Faith & Work, the 5280 Fellowship is a rigorous and selective formation & leadership program. The Fellowship offers emerging leaders in the Denver metro area meaningful connections to senior leaders and intensive learning in Christian theology about pressing issues in work and culture today. Our long-term vision is to cultivate a dense network of future leaders in a variety of sectors to contribute to the spiritual, social, and cultural renewal of our city. We are pleased to welcome our second class of 5280 Fellows beginning this fall!

Meet the 2017-2018 5280 Fellows

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2016-2017 Class of 5280 Fellows – Featured Professional Projects

This last year, our 27 Fellows culminated their 9-month experience with both a professional development project, and a personal development project.

Professionally, we asked them to solve one problem in their workplace, industry or community over a period of three and a half months. Personally, we asked them to create an intentional growth plan addressing a spiritual or moral issue in their lives.

We are thrilled with the work all of our Fellows are doing!

Here are a few examples of final 5280 Fellowship professional projects and their impact on the city.
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