6 Benefits of the 5280 Fellowship

The 5280 Fellowship is a 9-month spiritual and professional development program for emerging leaders in Denver. Within that framework, current participants and Fellowship alumni shared a wide array of ways they’ve been stretched, challenged, and encouraged through their participation in the program. Some see their work in a new light, as an area that God has given them to cultivate and create. Others appreciate the community and relationships formed during the Fellowship. And many Fellows appreciate the spiritual development and formation that accompanies the corporate and civic discussions.

As we wrap up our second class of the 5280 Fellowship, here are six key components woven throughout the readings, discussions, and events that we hope all of our participants takeaway from their time in the 5280 Fellowship.

  1. A broader theology

    Christians sometimes fail to see their work as a calling, as a space where God is forming and shaping. But studying the role of work from Scripture, we see work as a means to human flourishing and a reflection of God as Creator. Work is not just something we do, but something God has designed for us.

  2. Cultural discernment

    What are the ways that God is working in the culture around us? How is He calling us to be cultivators and creators of culture? How do we bridge the secular and sacred divide to see everything as part of God’s domain? We expect our 5280 Fellows to be change-makers in their spheres of influence, and that starts with an understanding of culture.

  3. Professional development

    The 5280 Fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professionals and includes a professional project component designed to enhance participants skills and push them closer to their next career goals. Fellows benefit from feedback and coaching from peers and Fellowship staff. Take a look at a few of the past professional projects our Fellows have completed.

  4. Personal formation

    While professional development, cultural engagement, and theological discussions are important, we also want to shape our Fellows as individuals. This includes structured times of reflection, exercises in emotional intelligence, and monthly spiritual disciplines we practice.

  5. New friendships

    Christians often report a sense of isolation from other believers in their day-to-day work. The 5280 Fellowship is foremost a community initiative that connects emerging leaders from across churches and industries in Denver.

  6. Deeper cultural engagement

    We believe that God calls each of to cultivate the spaces around us. For the Fellowship, this includes learning from civic and community leaders who serve as Senior Leaders during the program.

Applications for the 2018–19 class of the 5280 Fellowship are open now through April 30. Apply now!

“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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