The Gotham fellowship
Can Christians impact the city? Is my work relevant to my faith beyond my ability to tithe? How can the fullness of the Gospel influence believers’ understanding of work and how it relates to the common good for the welfare of the community? If these questions stir something in you, then you should consider applying for the Gotham Fellowship.
The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month, deep-dive into how our faith relates to our work, with an eye towards cultural renewal. The curriculum was developed by Katherine Leary Alsdorf and Tim Keller of Redeemer in New York City (the Center for Faith & Work is now under the City-to-City Project.) It is an intensive training program that integrates three primary elements—theology, spiritual formation, and community formation—for the social, cultural, and spiritual revitalization of our community.
The Gotham Fellowship Application for the 2018-2019 class will be available on this page after March 1, 2018.
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 our diverse and complex culture.
Spiritual & Personal Development
Gotham fosters personal, spiritual and professional development through daily devotions and spiritual formation exercises.
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.
This year we will be able to offer two separate cohorts to help accommodate participants' schedules. Dr. Case Thorp, the Senior Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, will lead the weekly Wednesday morning cohort from 6:30 -8:30 a.m to be held at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The Reverend Damein Schitter, Lead Pastor at New City Church, PCA, will lead the weekly Monday evening cohort from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. to be held at a location that has yet to be determined. The Reverend Tanner Fox, the Reverend Benjamin Kandt, and Mr. Ben Davis will serve as teaching assistants for both groups. Participants will be able to select which cohort they want and will be expected to remain with that group for the year. Only two excused absences are permitted per semester. Video conferencing is available for the occasional, legitimate need to be out of town.
Three evening or Saturday morning gatherings in the fall and 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. For all of these experiences the two cohorts will enjoy these together.
Tuition for the Gotham Fellowship 2018-2019 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.
The Gotham Fellowship Application for the '18-'19 Fellowship is available March 1, 2018.
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:
Complete our online application form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding this application process, email Jen Kaiser at email@example.com.