The Boston Fellows program equips emerging leaders to serve Christ and neighbor in the working world.
For the nine months of the program, September to May, Fellows join a cohort from one of our participating local churches and commit to the following:
We are passionate about workplace excellence, about the well-being of Greater Boston, and about Christ-like living.
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Your work matters to God. Whether your career is soaring or stuck in traffic, you need to know deep down what your work is about, beyond a paycheck, a good career move, or even that dream job.
The Boston Fellows exists to equip young professionals with intellectual tools, spiritual habits, professional development, community, and network to start well: to envision and plan for a career with meaning and purpose for the greater good of our Boston workplaces and culture, for Christ and His Kingdom.
The Fellowship runs Labor Day to Memorial Day. In these nine months, Fellows engage the seminal texts for a theology of work and culture: God’s commitment to his creation, the importance he gives to their work, why the needs of the most vulnerable matter to God, our role in culture-making, and how to bring change and maintain hope in a world of fallen institutions.
Once a week, Fellows gather together in small groups to share a meal, discuss the readings, apply truth into their lives, pray for and encourage each other. Once a month the groups come together for in-depth teaching from subject-matter experts.
The Fellows program partners with the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.
Strengthening our insights and capacity is only part of the work. Personal growth requires good soil and cultivation. The heart of the Boston Fellows program is the development of habits of the heart, classic spiritual disciplines and perspectives to help you grow long beyond the program year. It’s all off-the-job training. Just as athletes and soldiers and surgeons practice their skills until they become literally a “second nature,” so we entrench ourselves in practices designed to form our souls.
Walking this path with other motivated like-minded people really does make all the difference. Our tech-savvy, social-media empowered world has connected ideas, people, and resources in ways our world has never experienced before. The darker side of this hyper-connectivity, many digital natives regretfully realize, is a life of fragmented identities and superficial relationships.
Meaningful work requires the support of others committed to the same perspectives. Fellows' weekly meetings are built around a shared meal with ample time and space to connect, listen, and encourage one another.
Fellows also share in outdoor adventures during three long-weekend retreats — close to Labor Day, Mid-winter, around Memorial Day—in partnership with the peerless LaVida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership. Fellows get away and enjoy God’s creation, bond with each other, and get time alone with God to reflect. Fellows push themselves a little or a lot through outdoor experiences with LaVida’s “challenge by choice” philosophy.
You probably value waiting for that right job, that right relationship, and are willing to do what it takes to grow personally and professionally in order to be ready when the time comes. But you also deeply care about what God thinks of your decisions.
The Boston Fellows take a few more steps to discern who they are, the strengths God has given them, and to prepare to use them. The program facilitates once-a-month Saturday seminars for Fellows to learn from professionals equipped to help the Fellows do this work.
Partnerships with like-minded Christian marketplace leaders complete the Boston Fellows vision. You are not the first to walk this path. The good news is, people who have been there before really do want to share their experiences and help you flourish. Whether it’s mastering finances God’s way, dealing with hard relationships in the workplace, or keeping balance in life. Fellows benefit from the experience of seasoned professionals available for one-on-one mentorship, all part of the program.