The Experience

Find Your Mission in God’s Redemptive Story

The 5280 Fellowship is a rigorous and selective program for emerging leaders in Denver and Boulder. Through reading, discussion, instruction, and meetings with senior leaders from diverse sectors, 5280 Fellows will develop robust networks and the spiritual, intellectual, relational, and professional foundations necessary to deeply understand their work in light of the gospel.

Theology & Formation

Fellows gather regularly in a church-based cohort to discuss foundational texts in theology, culture, and work. Each cohort is facilitated by a pastor or local faith and work practitioner. Discussions give Fellows a deeper understanding of biblical worldview and mission, the role of Christians in culture, personal calling, and theology of work. Sample texts include: Augustine, Lesslie Newbigin, C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Tim Keller, David Brooks, Dorothy Sayers, Christopher Wright, Al Wolters, James K.A. Smith, Miroslav Volf, Andy Crouch, and others. See a sample reading and activity list under Curriculum Preview.

Fellows also meet for three weekend retreats during the year focused on themes of calling, spiritual formation, and community, and five Saturday teaching sessions which will combine lectures and personal stories on theology, culture and work from both theologians and marketplace leaders.

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Community & Culture

During retreats, Saturday sessions, and after-work “Community & Culture Gatherings,” Fellows have the opportunity to learn from senior leaders from a wide variety of industries about key issues on the Front Range and distinct fields. As a result, Fellows see the city’s key institutions and issues through the eyes of leaders, develop a broad exposure to many fields, and build informal networks with both believing and non-believing leaders through honest, off-the-record conversations. Read more about the Faculty for the 5280 Fellowship.

Leadership & Service

As a part of the curriculum, Fellows apply what they learn through two projects. First, each Fellow identifies a personal formation need (character traits, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, etc.) This Personal Formation Plan uses self-directed practices to promote growth in the identified area of life. Second, each Fellow designs and executes a Professional Project to address a practical need within his/her organization, community, or profession. Fellowship staff and cohort discussions assist Fellows in the design and implementation of both projects.

Fellows will also be guided through an executive coaching process intended to reveal strengths, weaknesses, unique skills and aspects of their personal story that contribute to their vocational endeavors.


Fellows will gain:

  • A first-hand introduction to the city’s best leaders across sectors and the chance to develop highly active, lasting networks among peers
  • The opportunity to engage history’s best voices on theology, work and culture
  • An intensive experience of community, spiritual formation, and public engagement
  • A vision for caring for the poor and marginalized through their vocational endeavors
  • An opportunity to re-energize their careers and discover new opportunities through an expanding network of peers and leaders in Denver
  • The chance to partner with employers and leaders to address tough problems in our organizations, communities, and professions through the 5280 Fellows Project
  • A deep understanding of how Scripture, the historic church, and the gospel of grace influence our work and cultural engagement
  • A sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s call in their lives and work, a proclivity toward humble obedience, and a knowledge of their areas of sin
  • A deeper understanding of the civic fabric of Colorado through engaging with leaders across a wide array of disciplines
  • A deeper love for and commitment to the local church

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Applicant Criteria & Tuition

The 5280 Fellowship is for adults who are:

  • Employed full-time in the Denver metro area
  • At least two years out of college
  • Actively engaged in a local church

Approximately 24-27 Fellows will be admitted to the upcoming session. Our goal is to assemble the best class possible that includes a balance of men and women, a broad range of professionals (including but not limited to law, education, health care, the arts, the trades, finance, government, design and non-profit) and diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The 5280 Fellowship tuition of $2,450 covers all program expenses, including reading materials, leadership assessments, and room and board at weekend retreats. Tuition is commensurate with programs of similar gravitas and influence across the country. A deposit of $500 is due June 15. The balance of $1,950 is due Sept. 1. (Tuition payment plans will be considered if requested.)

A generous donor has made it possible for us to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. Scholarships will be given based on financial need, with priority given to candidates working in the nonprofit, small business or social sectors.