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How might a church, committed to the renewal of the city, invest in the next generation to impact New York City’s culture and marketplace with the fullness of the Gospel?In September 2008, Redeemer initiated an intensive, top-tier training program to equip participants for gospel leadership in New York City and the world. The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month learning community designed to broaden your understanding of and deepen your connection to God’s redemptive work by applying theology, spiritual practices, and cultural renewal to your work, your relationships, and New York City. Each Gotham class typically comprises 50 percent women and 50 percent men with varied professional and personal backgrounds. Cohorts will be organized by church affiliation. The Gotham Fellowship provides three foundational elements needed for integration of faith and work:
Gotham Virtual Info Session w/ Special Guest Dr. Vince Bacote
On April 20, 2020, we held a virtual info session with Gotham alumni, Faith & Work pastoral staff, CFW staff, and special guest Dr. Vince Bacote from Wheaton College (and our Gotham instructor for the week) who delivered a lecture on the role of religion and politics in the time of a pandemic. Click here to watch a recording of the info session.
Drawing from the deep resources of the Reformed tradition, our program develops a worldview and fosters a commitment to consider how the gospel impacts every area of life, from personal relationships to the diverse culture of New York City.
SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Gotham cultivates spiritual growth that activates personal and professional development through relationships, daily practices and projects.
Gotham provides a community of peers, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, who are committed to each other’s spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND COMMITMENT
The Fellowship begins Labor Day Weekend and finishes Memorial Day Weekend. During these nine months, the Fellows meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. Three retreats (Labor Day, mid-winter and the weekend of May 21-23, 2021) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.
The Fellows tuition fee helps offset program expenses, including reading materials, weekly meetings, monthly sessions and all three retreats. The fee is $2850 for Redeemer members, $3250 for Redeemer attendees, and $3600 for applicants from neighboring churches. Married couples receive a discount of 50% off each. Financial aid is available for all applicants and applications for financial aid will be sent out after final acceptance letters are sent.
We are also seeking donors who can enable us to provide financial aid, as needed. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund or would like to find out more about applying for financial aid, please email [email protected].
Applications will be accepted in the spring for cohorts beginning in September. Fellows will be selected by an admissions committee from applicants who best demonstrate 1) spiritual maturity, 2) ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the program, and 3) commitment to the city.
BENEFITS TO THE FELLOWS
- Solid theological foundations from teachings, readings and group discussions
- Expanded and sustainable gospel worldview
- Development of a defined mission and vision for life in the city and cultural renewal
- Engagement with the art and culture of New York City
- Cultivation of spiritual disciplines and practices
- Opportunity to learn from experienced Christian leaders
- Relationships with instructors, mentors, and speakers
- Community-based learning to process everyday life and work in the city
The Gotham Fellowship uses diverse teaching methods to create a learning community of committed leaders with a passion for cultural renewal:
- An integrated curriculum on theology, worldview, and faith and work
- Prominent guest lecturers
- Group discussions and collaborative learning
- Guided devotional and spiritual formation
- Applied projects and exercises to personally engage with the curriculum
Have questions? Email [email protected].