The 5280 Fellowship is a 9-month spiritual and professional development program for emerging leaders in Denver. Fellowship alumni shared a variety of ways they’ve been stretched, challenged, and encouraged through their participation in the program as part of their evaluation of the program. Some see their work in a new light–as an area that God has given them to cultivate and create. Others enjoy the community and relationships formed during the Fellowship. And many Fellows appreciate the spiritual development and formation that accompanies the corporate and civic discussions.
Here are six key benefits of the 5280 Fellowship that are woven throughout the readings, discussions, and events.
A broader theology
Christians sometimes fail to see their work as a calling, as a space where God is forming and shaping them. But from Scripture, we see work as a means to human flourishing, a way to serve those around us, and a chance to reflect God as Creator. Work is not just something we do, but something God has designed for us.
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 eliminate the “secular” and “sacred” divide and 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.
The 5280 Fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professionals and includes a professional project designed to enhance participants’ skills and push them closer to their next career goal. Fellows benefit from feedback and coaching from peers and Fellowship staff.
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 practices of spiritual disciplines.
Christians often report feeling isolated and lonely in their day-to-day work and struggle to find friends and colleagues who share their faith background. The 5280 Fellowship is foremost a community initiative that connects emerging leaders from across churches and industries in Denver.
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 2020–2021 class of the 5280 Fellowship are open now through June 15th.