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About


Live with purpose. Grow professionally. Love your city and its people. 

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About


Live with purpose. Grow professionally. Love your city and its people. 

Through the Charlotte Fellows, I was able to reevaluate my priorities. My passion for a career in creative advertising grew significantly stronger through the program because I began to truly understand how to glorify God through my work.
— A Charlotte Fellows alum

You graduate. And then?

You do your best to start figuring out what it means to be a young professional. How do you do that? How do you decide where to live, what job to take, or where to invest your time and relational capacity? How does what you believe impact what you actually do? How do your family and your individual life experience shape who you are today? What gets you out of bed in the morning? How do you relate to others? How do you see the world? How do you make major life decisions? Who do you go to for counsel? 

The answers to these questions matter because they set your life's course. Spend a year as a Charlotte Fellow and discover how the Gospel helps you answer these questions and shapes the way you engage your city, your career, your local church, and your personal relationships. 

Contextualize all of life through the Gospel. 

Develop a deeper,  clearer, more practical understanding of the Gospel and your place in God's redemptive story. 

Form relationships grounded in God's grace.

Cultivate healthy relationships and actively engage in your community.

Work with eternal purpose.

Use your God-given talents for your neighbor's good and God's glory.

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What Fellows Do


A nine-month post-graduate fellowship.

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What Fellows Do


A nine-month post-graduate fellowship.

What Fellows Do

Develop Professionally.  

Fellows spend significant time focusing on the intersection of faith and work. They work three days per week in paid professional work placements, gaining valuable work experience in areas of focus such as marketing, finance, education, real estate, communications, marketing, start-ups, and non-profits. Through seminars, graduate-level classes, and individual coaching, Fellows learn how to add value to an organization, think strategically about work, and cultivate their own talents in a professional setting. 

Grow in wisdom and understanding. 

Much of the program is designed to help Fellows contextualize every area of life to the Gospel. On a weekly basis Fellows take part in small group studies, hear the spiritual journeys of men and women in various careers and life stages in the Charlotte community, and gather to process everything that they are experiencing. Fellows also complete two graduate-level courses: the first on redemptive history and personal spiritual growth and the second on the intersection of Gospel, career, and culture. 

Worship together with God's people. 

Fellows worship together weekly at our partner churches. Pastors, professors, and others meet with Fellows, helping them understand and experience the blessings of corporate worship.  

Enjoy authentic community. 

In addition to cultivating authentic, life-giving friendships with one another, Fellows build significant friendships with their host families, mentors, coworkers, church members, and people throughout Charlotte. By year's end, Fellows have a multi-generational community of friendships to enjoy for the rest of their lives. 

Strategically build into the city. 

Fellows learn how to strategically care for the people of Charlotte. To that end, Fellows spend a half day each week working with Brookstone Schools, a local inner-city elementary and middle school. Fellows also plan and execute a community development project with the help of community leaders over the course of the year, and spend a week in Chattanooga learning about healthy cross-cultural community development. 

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A Typical Week


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A Typical Week


A Typical Week

Sunday. 

Worship in the local church. Rest. 

Monday. 

8:30AM - 12:30PM. Work at Brookstone Schools and lunch with students.  

2PM - 5PM. Graduate-level coursework.**

**In the fall, Dr. Rod Culbertson teaches a course entitled "Redemption and Devotion" focused on tracing God's redemptive plan that is the Gospel through the Old Testament, giving Fellows a "big picture" understanding of all of Scripture. Fellows also study classics in devotional writings as they study Scripture to help deepen their relationship with God. In the spring, Pastor Mark Upton teaches a course entitled "Your Work Matters to God" focused on preparing Fellows for non-ministerial vocations. A focus will be placed on understanding culture – its origin, importance, and brokenness; on identifying our cultural posture, and on creating culture.

Tuesday. 

8AM - 5:30PM. Professional work placements. 

6:30PM - 9PM. "Fellows Life Together." Fellows cook dinner for one another, catch up, pray together, and engage in conversations centered around applying the Gospel to life. 

Wednesday. 

8AM - 5:30PM. Professional work placements. 

Thursday.

8AM - 5:30PM. Professional work placements. 

7PM - 9PM. "Round Tables." Men and women from the Charlotte community eat dinner with the Fellows and share their life stories, focusing on how following Jesus has impacted their personal and professional life. 

Friday. 

7AM. Breakfast with mentor. 

10:30AM - 12PM. Men's and women's small group Bible studies meet. 

1PM - 3PM. "Community Development Project." Fellows plan and implement a community development project over the course of the year with help from local community leaders. 

Saturday. 

Free. 

Special Events. 

Over the course of the year, Fellows take part in weekend retreats, events, conferences and seminars hosted by the Charlotte Fellows and other organizations like The Fellows Initiative, The Barnabas Center, Hope for the Inner City, and YoungLife.