The Gotham fellowship

How might Christ-followers, committed to the renewal of the city, invest in the next generation to impact Orlando’s culture and marketplace with the fullness of the Gospel? The Gotham Fellowship is designed to equip Christ-followers for gospel leadership in the world. It is an intensive training program that provides theological, spiritual, and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work. Gotham integrates three primary elements to further the social, cultural, and spiritual renewal of Orlando.


 

Theological Training

At the core of our program is the commitment to consider how the gospel impacts every area of life. We develop a worldview that draws from the deep resources of classical theologians and the Reformed tradition, and is sufficiently robust to engage the diverse and complex culture of Orlando.

Spiritual & Personal Development

Gotham fosters personal, spiritual and professional development through daily devotions and spiritual formation exercises.

 

Community Formation

Gotham is a community of learners, from diverse backgrounds, churches, and vocations, who are committed to each others’ spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.


Benefits of Gotham

  • Increased gospel worldview depth and sustainability
  • A defined sense of mission for career
  • A strategy for cultural renewal
  • Opportunity to learn from experienced Christian leaders
  • Community-based learning
  • A "tool belt" of spiritual formation exercises for life-long use*
  • An integrated curriculum of theology, worldview, faith and work
  • Prominent guest lecturers
  • Group discussions and collaborative learning
  • Guided devotional and spiritual formation
  • Relationships with seasoned Christians active in the various spheres in the marketplace

*The Gotham Fellowship will utilize diverse pedagogical methods to create a learning community of committed leaders with a passion for cultural renewal.

 


Program Details & Commitment

The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month program, similar to an executive education program, for adults who live or work in the greater Orlando area. Our typical class comprises men and women between the ages of 25-50 working in fields including business, law, finance, education, engineering, government, non-profit, design, medicine, ministry, the arts, and more.

Gotham meets mid-September through mid-May. During these months, participants meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive (average 75-100 pages per week) reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and reflective readings. Individual projects challenge participants to apply concepts to their own life and work. Gotham Fellows are required to be active members of a local church.

Each cohort is taught and led by Dr. Case Thorp, and will be assigned one Gotham Fellow alumnus to serve as a teaching assistant.

Weekly meetings will be Wednesday mornings, from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Only two excused absences are permitted per semester. Video conferencing is available for the occasional, legitimate need to be out of town.

Two Saturday morning gatherings in the fall, and two in the spring provide, in-depth training in cultural renewal and application. The cultural excursions focus on technology, finance, law, and art, each incorporating unique spiritual formation exercises. A two-night retreat in January focuses on personal reflection, worship, synthesis of concepts, and spiritual formation. 

Tuition for the Gotham Fellowship 2017-2018 class is $1600, and includes all course materials, access to the online course portal, Saturday excursions and winter retreat room and board. Your tuition helps to offset the program costs associated with Gotham. The online application will be available April 1, 2017. Limited financial aid available upon request after acceptance.

Once a Gotham Fellow, leadership in the arena of cultural renewal in and through one's local church is expected. The Gotham Fellowship is a training program with an eye towards exercising faith in the public square in addition to building the Kingdom of God wherever one may be called to serve the Body of Christ. Applicants will be expected to share with their pastoral leadership all they are experiencing, and to continue a dialogue in the direction of supporting one's church in her efforts with Gospel-centered cultural renewal.


Application now available!

Application Process

An admissions committee composed of Gotham Fellows alumni who will review the applications for spiritual maturity, diversity, and the ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the Program.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent mid-July. The application consists of two parts:

  1. Application
    Complete our online application form.
  2. Recommendations
    You will need to provide two recommendations/references. One who can speak to your work life, and a second from someone who can speak to your spiritual life. In addition, one of your two references needs to be your pastor. Your application will be considered incomplete without both recommendations. Only a completed application should be submitted for consideration of the upcoming class.

Each class cohort is carefully designed and strategically discerned by the admissions committee. Balance is sought in terms of demographics, denominational, and vocational diversity. The aim is a rich and dynamic experience achieved through the best placement of students, as well as those in positions of unique cultural engagement. Applicants not accepted to this upcoming class may certainly apply again.

Accepted applicants can apply for financial aid once they have been notified.

If you have any questions regarding the Gotham Fellowship and your discernment with applying, email Crosland Stuart at crosland@collaborativeorlando.com.

If you have any questions regarding this application process, email Jen Kaiser at jen@collaborativeorlando.com.