5280 FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
FIND YOUR MISSION IN
MANY CHRISTIANS FACE DOUBTS AND DISCOURAGEMENT IN THEIR WORK
Many Christians face doubts and discouragement in their work at some point in their lives. We feel a sense of purposelessness related to Christ’s Kingdom and our part in it. We may feel ignored for doing “secular” work by our communities of faith. We often struggle to connect with other Christians in our workplaces and industries. And many of us lead fragmented, busy, and overwhelmed lives.
The 5280 Fellowship helps Christian professionals practice life with God, for their workplace and city, through their careers. Over the course of this 9-month program, participants gain new friendships, a clarified sense of purpose, and a greater connection with God at–and through–their work.
The 5280 Fellowship is the flagship program of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, an educational nonprofit dedicated to forming men and women to serve God, neighbor, and society through their work. It is our goal to form a community of working professionals who think theologically about their work and culture, embrace one another in redemptive relationships, create good work across industries, seek deep spiritual health, and serve others sacrificially in their workplaces and cities.
By the end of the 5280 Fellowship, Fellows will gain:
- A greater sense of self-awareness;
- The framework to see work as a place of worship, formation, and mission;
- A broadened theology around the gospel, the church, and her mission;
- Spiritual disciplines to implement beyond the Fellowship; and
- Connections to key cultural and civic issues through 20+ leaders across industries.
- Practical tools to support workplace excellence and greater awareness of God through work.
- Denver Metro Area
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
WHO IS THE 5280 FELLOWSHIP FOR?
“My cohort included an accountant, an architect, a marketing specialist, an entrepreneur, an engineer, and a few people in finance whose jobs I don’t understand at all. It’s heartening to meet with people who care deeply about their work and think carefully about bringing the gospel to their world.”
Former Teaching Fellow
Criminal Defense Clinic
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
This profile gives a description of the types of people who have benefited most from the Fellowship over the past seven years.
DISCUSS FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS IN THEOLOGY, CULTURE, AND WORK
Fellows gather twice monthly in church-based cohorts to discuss articles on theology, culture, spiritual formation and workplace issues. 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, purpose and personal stewardship, and a theology of work. Fellows also meet for two weekend retreats during the year focused on themes of calling, spiritual formation, and community, and six half-day Saturday sessions which will combine teaching, discussions, and personal reflection exercises. Review the Fellowship Dates and Details for a full calendar of activities.
LEARN FROM CITY LEADERS
During Saturday sessions and after-work “Community & Culture Gatherings,” Fellows learn from city leaders across a variety of industries about key issues on the Front Range. Fellows see the city’s key institutions and issues through the eyes of leaders, develop a broad exposure to current challenges, and build informal networks with leaders through honest, off-the-record conversations.
MAKE AN IMPACT THROUGH YOUR WORK
“The 5280 Fellowship has been a great exercise in making me think about what I do in my working life that can actually have an impact that correlates directly with something I see deficient in a spiritual context.”
5280 Fellowship Alumnus
APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
As a part of the curriculum, Fellows apply what they learn through two projects. First, each Fellow designs and executes a Professional Project to address a practical need within his/her organization, community, or profession. Second, Fellows end the nine months by creating a summative “Rule of Life” — a collection of rhythmed personal and professional practices — that will shape their career life beyond the Fellowship.
Fellowship staff and cohort discussions assist Fellows in the design and implementation of both projects.