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Mailing Address: 219 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Program

Take Aim and Start Well in Your Career, Faith and Life

First Pres Fellows Colorado Springs is a nine-month advanced discipleship program for recent college graduates, focused on professional and leadership development. Each year, 12 men and women from diverse professions and backgrounds encourage and support one another as they explore who they are in Christ Jesus and their unique roles within God’s mission of redemption and restoration in this world.

We desire that faith inform every area of our lives and Christ transform every area of our lives. Primary focus is given to living an authentic life for Christ in the workplace, local community, church and family. The Fellows gain valuable experience through paid professional internships; dig deep into the needs of others through church and community service; and develop meaningful, multi-generational relationships within the church and a host family. They do all of this while considering the theology of the Christian faith, vocation, leadership and mentoring. Along the way, the Fellows have unhurried times with caring mentors and extended times of personal and group reflection. Finally, the Fellows are broadened as professionals and leaders through a weekly development training and monthly wilderness adventures and retreats.

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The Experience

The Fellows are equipped as young professional leaders who think clearly, care deeply and act courageously. The fellowship is built around six formational experiences:

Vocational Work

All of us at times have questions about the meaning and purpose of our work. We wonder what God wants us to do with the unique gifts and talents He has given us and how He wants us to serve Him through our professions. First Pres Fellows is an opportunity to explore these questions through interaction over God’s Word, professional career assessments and hands-on experience in a paid internship within your chosen profession.

Caring Community

Ask any Fellow, and you will get a resounding testimony about the community among them. The Fellows develop authentic, transparent relationships. They care deeply, debate rigorously and support faithfully. Many form lifelong friendships. Fellows also form deep relationships within our church where they are loved with the love of Christ by host families, mentors and others whom they serve alongside. Finally, the Fellows, as a community, seek out those who do not know Jesus and invite new friends in the workplace and local community to join them on fun outings in the city and mountains.

Deepening in Christ

As Paul made clear in Philippians 3, of all the good that we may aspire to do in life, none is greater than aspiring to know Jesus personally. The highest goal of our fellowship is that each Fellow would know and experience the love of Christ in a far greater way than when they arrived. Authentically pursuing Christ and walking with Him are the centerpiece of every element of the program.

Intentional Service

Each one of us is called to serve Christ by serving others. Together, the Fellows actively serve in various roles of their choice within the church. They also take on various service initiatives within the Colorado Springs community at both hands-on and strategic levels. The Fellows develop eyes for the needs of others and experience how they can step in and lead at the local level for the glory of Christ. 

Transformational Leadership

Jesus Christ has taught the world the power of humble caring leadership. As servant leaders, we are not only called to accomplish a mission, but also to lift up those who have been entrusted to us. At its core, First Pres Fellows is an advanced leadership development program. Fellows develop their own unique leadership styles and abilities. Through graduate coursework, seminars, hands-on practical experiences, and challenging wilderness adventures, Fellows learn to lead with a greater sense of calling and with the very heart of Jesus.

Capstone Wilderness Adventures

Much of the fellows' experience culminates in multiple wilderness adventures. These development adventures are both challenging and fun, requiring the fellows to dig deep within themselves. The adventures are led by the U.S. Special Ops Colonels of SilverStone Leadership Ventures. They have led missions all over the world in the most diverse cultures and difficult settings. Throughout the year, they guide us through learning exercises, discussions, backcountry wilderness challenges and reflections.

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Week at a Glance

 

FAQs

What does the 2019-2020 calendar year look like?

August 25–26:  Arrive and Move in
August 27–28:  Orientation Days & Picnic (8/27)
August 29–Sep 2:  Welcome Retreat in the Rockies
September 3:  First Day of Work
September 5:  First Day of Graduate Classes & Roundtable
September 20–21:  SilverStone Leadership: Wilderness Adventure #1
September 26:  Evening with Pastor Tim and Abigail McConnell
September 27–28:  Fall Colors Camp Out and Hike
October 5:  COSILoveYou CityServe Day
October 10–13:  SilverStone Leadership: Wilderness Adventure #2
November 1–3:  TFI Reconciliation Retreat
November 26–December 1:  Thanksgiving Break 
December 14:  Christmas Party and Handbell Performance
December 15:  Christmas Joy Concert
December 19–January 5:  Christmas Break

January 6:  Back to Work
January 9:  Second Semester Classes Begin
January 9–12:  Vocation and Calling Retreat & Snowshoe Adventure
January 17:  Visit City Hall and Mayor John Suthers
February 1:  Skiing with Pastor Tim 
February 21:  Visit the Colorado State Capitol
March 13–14:  Solitude and Reflection Getaway
April 23–27:  TFI National Conference in Washington, D.C. Area
May 2:  Graduation Banquet
May 4–7:  End of Year Getaway

How much is tuition?

Tuition for the First Pres Fellows Colorado Springs program is $6,500. Tuition covers all expenses of the program to the fellow, including graduate courses, retreats, conferences, adventures, personal assessments, leadership and professional development trainings, and roundtable meals. Administrative costs and salaries are covered by the church. Host families provide housing and meals (breakfast and dinner) without charge.

Do I receive college credit?

Yes, you may receive graduate school credit from Denver Seminary for the courses you will be taking. You can receive up to 8 credits during your Fellows year. Courses will be taken in residence at the seminary, not online, to personalize the relationships with the professors and enhance the learning experience.

What does the 2020-21 year look like??

Saturday, August 22:  Last Day to Move In
Monday, August 24:   Orientation
Tuesday-Saturday, August 25-29:  Welcome Retreat in the Rockies (River Rafting & 14er Hike)
Monday, August 31:  First Day of Work (if not before)

Thursday, September 3:   First Day of Seminary

Monday, September 7:  First Round Table

Friday, September 11:  First Fellows Friday
Thursday-Saturday, September 17-19:   SilverStone Leadership: Wilderness Adventure 1

Friday-Saturday, September 25-26:   Fall Colors Wilderness Camp & 14er Hike

Friday-Sunday, October 2-4:  CityServe Weekend

Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17:   SilverStone Leadership: Wilderness Adventure 2

Friday-Sunday, November 6-8:  TFI Micah 6:8 Retreat

Saturday-Sunday, November 21-29:   Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, December 12:   Christmas Party

Sunday, December 13:   Christmas Joy Concert


Thursday-Sunday, December 17-January 3:  Christmas Break
Monday, January 4:    Back to Work

Thursday, January 7:   Leadership Graduate Course Begins

Wednesday-Saturday, January 20-23:   Vocation and Calling Retreat & Snowshoe Adventure

Thursday, January 28:  Theology Graduate Course Begins

Saturday, February 6:   Skiing with Pastor Tim

Friday, February 19:  Visit City Hall and Mayor

Thursday, March 4:  Visit State Capitol

Friday-Saturday, March 12-13:   Solitude and Reflection Retreat

Thursday-Monday, April 22-26:  TFI National Conference in the D.C. Area

Saturday, May 8:   Graduation Banquet

Monday-Thursday, May 10-13:   End-of-Year Getaway

How do I contact someone with questions?

You can reach our Program Director, Floyd Sebald, by email at   or by phone at (719) 985-1014.

 

Meet the Program Director  

Floyd Sebald has 30 years of experience in ministry and in organizational leadership and development. He served 22 years in the country of Mongolia with CRU, helping start multiple ministries and developing staff, leaders and teams. He held several positions in Mongolia, including National Director of CRU for 12 years and Team Leader of Leadership Development and Human Resources for five years. He also worked on the faculty of the National University of Mongolia, where he taught classes in forestry, biometrics and experimental design. He oversaw research projects and provided extensive consultation and service to the Mongolian government.

Floyd started his career with the U.S. Forest Service, working in silviculture and timber management. He holds a B.S. in Multi-Resource Land Management and an M.S. in Forest Ecology and Silviculture. Early in his career, he served with Cru at Northern Arizona University. Floyd’s greatest joy in work and ministry is encouraging and developing emerging leaders. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Lynne. Together, they have three adult sons who love the Lord, and four grandchildren.

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