Fall 2017 Update

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Fall 2017 Update

This post was written by Connice Dyar, Director of the Charlotte Fellows. 


This fall marks the start of our eighth year of The Charlotte Fellows and the first year with an all female class. While not the traditional make up for the program, we’ve already seen how the Lord has orchestrated this unique opportunity. 

Despite the unusual make up of the class we are being reminded of the same timeless truths of the Lord’s character. He takes the unexpected, the unknown, and the unpredictable and uses them to demonstrate his sovereignty. In the Fellows program just as in our daily lives we have certain expectations of what a situation should look like or how a relationship should be, or of our job/vocation.  We use up our energy and emotion trying to orchestrate our lives to fit our expectations and desires. And then we fall short with feelings of frustration and anger or the all too common anxiety that comes with craving control. Our default question is so often, ““God, I’ve done XY&Z for you. Why is this happening?” rather than “Lord, I believe that you see me, know me, and love me. I trust you. Your will be done”. While this might seem like obvious biblical truth we as a group continue to see how this questioning of God’s character and our circumstances asserts itself into every area of our lives. 

He takes the unexpected, the unknown, and the unpredictable and uses them to demonstrate his sovereignty.

As we spend this year in internships, professional development, seminary classes, mentoring and volunteering we know the Lord will faithfully continue to pursue us to trust him. His gospel beckons us to come to Him with all of our anxiety and frustration. In exchange He promises to give us a hope and a future. We pray that our “gospel lens” will grow as we trade in how much we do for God and exchange it for what He’s done for us. As we grow in our understanding and embracing of God’s Grace for us, it turns us from performing for God (and others) to desiring to serve God and others. This abundance of grace is the deep well we pray to live out of as we recognize that our service to God flows from a heart turned toward Him.

This abundance of grace is the deep well we pray to live out of as we recognize that our service to God flows from a heart turned toward Him.

It’s a truth that we want our fellows to grow in and live from as we learn the same. Our program verse for this year is from Colossians 3:12-17  

As you walk by faith...Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Please join us this year in praying for these Fellows and for yourself that we will continue to walk by faith through grace, and that our lives and endeavors will be characterized by the above verses.

We have not been left to secure our own future because God in grace has secured an end to our story more glorious than we can grasp.
— Paul David Tripp
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Walking By Faith: Charlotte Fellows Summer Update

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Walking By Faith: Charlotte Fellows Summer Update

Another Fellows’ year completed...our 7th year. I look back to when we first started in the fall of 2010, and I'm overwhelmed at all the wonderful memories of God’s provision and the hard and beautiful ways He has worked in our Fellows’ lives.

It reminds me of the quote from A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." There were probably times this year that I’m sure the Fellows were thinking the same thing.

But isn’t that how all of life is? Wonderful things happening alongside painful and hard things. But it’s walking through both that grows and strengthens us.

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Eric Maust on Learning to Live an “Ordinary” Christian Life

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Eric Maust on Learning to Live an “Ordinary” Christian Life

Among other things, the Charlotte Fellows program trains Christian leaders to take up strategic places in the marketplace to do good work for the kingdom. This is an aspect of the Christian life that doesn’t get a lot of attention in the church, and it’s a problem the Fellows program seeks to remedy. But as well-intentioned as it may be, this push can fail in two ways.

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Mary Norris Tilmes on Hospitality and the Gospel

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Mary Norris Tilmes on Hospitality and the Gospel

When I decided to do the Charlotte Fellows Program, the part I was most anxious about was living with a host family. In college, I was incredibly blessed with a rich community, and for that I am forever thankful. But because of it the transition after college was much harder; the people who I’d done life with for the past four years were scattered across the country. (Things people don’t tell you—leaving college and your people is HARD!!!)

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Spring 2017 Update

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Spring 2017 Update

2017 is here and it already seems to be flying by! We had a great and very busy first semester and this second half of the year looks to be even busier. The Fellows are all at their chosen churches, plugging in and meeting lots of new friends.

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11 Things to Know in Your 20s

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11 Things to Know in Your 20s

This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. They mean to find a church, they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated.

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Meet the Charlotte Fellows Class of 2016-2017

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Meet the Charlotte Fellows Class of 2016-2017

Danae Cowan

Danae joins us from the great state of Oregon. She graduated from college in 2014 and has spent the past two years working with junior high and high school students. Wanting more clarity of where Jesus is calling her, she decided to join the Charlotte Fellows program. She is so grateful for a year set apart to learn more of what it looks like to follow Jesus in the context of such a supportive community.

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Why I Became a Charlotte Fellow and 3 Ways It Changed My Life

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Why I Became a Charlotte Fellow and 3 Ways It Changed My Life

For this Q + A we corresponded with Davis Ridley, Former Charlotte Fellow class of 2012. Davis currently lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Chelsea, and their newborn child, Bear Samuel Ridley. He works in business development for Encore Live, a full-service event production company. Before spending nine months in the Fellows Program, Davis graduated from Clemson University. 

How did you first hear about the Charlotte Fellows Program? 

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John Haysom on the Transformative Power of Gospel-Centered Community

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John Haysom on the Transformative Power of Gospel-Centered Community

I work in IT Integrations in Washington D.C., which is a fancy way of saying I make new IT projects work for the State Department. It's a big challenge. I work long hours with my team to make our client happy and improve our little corner of the world. I also work in an office with colleagues that do not pray, have never been to church, and actively walk away from Jesus Christ. College does not equip you for that; the Charlotte Fellows Program does.

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Charlotte Fellows Fall 2016 Update

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Charlotte Fellows Fall 2016 Update

Welcome to our 7th Fellows year! It’s hard to believe we’re at the six-week mark already.

One of the things we’re already thankful for is the great start we had at our Welcome Retreat. David and Catie Eller hosted the Fellows for a wonderful weekend at Lake James, and we loved every minute of it! It was a wonderful time of getting to know each other and having fun. And with two Tennessee alums in this class, we’re going to see a lot of orange this year.

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End of the Fellows Year Update

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End of the Fellows Year Update

Dear friends of the Fellows, 

The Charlotte Fellows Class of 2016 is done! Many have already moved to other cities, and I’m sad to see them go. Thankfully, several are staying here in Charlotte—so there is still a reason to rejoice. Overall, it was a great year with a great class of Fellows. It was also a year with several unexpected turns. But the biggest highlight has been seeing God’s provision throughout the whole year.

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3 Essential Ingredients to Building Community

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3 Essential Ingredients to Building Community

During my time as a Charlotte Fellow, every Monday we gathered at Matt Avery’s house for Fellows Life Together — FLT. From the beginning, it quickly became one of my favorite parts of the program. We would pair off, cook dinner for each other, laugh, and catch up. But we also shared real issues we were facing and prayed for each other.

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Walking Together: The Blessings of a Mentor

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Walking Together: The Blessings of a Mentor

During my time in the Fellow’s Program, I was amazingly blessed by the programs and relationships that were put into place for me. Both my host family and my mentor were wonderful and played an amazing part in God’s story for my life. Both of these relationships still play an active and important role in my life, and I cannot imagine life without them!

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