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

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Program

Overview

First Pres Fellows Colorado Springs is a nine-month advanced discipleship program for recent college graduates, focused on professional and leadership development. Each year, twelve 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, church, family and society. 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 series 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 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 study of God’s Word, hands-on experience in a paid internship within your profession, and valuable interaction with a professional mentor.

Caring Community

Ask any fellow, and you will get a resounding testimony about the community among them. The fellows of each class develop authentic, transparent relationships. They care deeply, debate rigorously and support faithfully. Many form lifelong friendships. Fellows step into one another’s lives through fun outings in the city, adventures in the mountains, retreats that challenge their thinking and perspective, in-depth group discussions, late-night talks and times of praying for one another. Fellows also form deep relationships within our church where they are loved with the love Christ. Caring mentors step into their lives and become trusted friends. Church members serve shoulder to shoulder alongside fellows. Host families provide a home away from home and care for the fellows as their own. Finally, the fellows, as a community, seek out those who do not know Jesus. They invite new friends they are making in the workplace and in the community to join them on fun outings in the city and in the mountains. These new friends become friends with the entire fellows class and learn of Jesus through the fellows' community.

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. The highest goal of our fellowship is that each fellow would know 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, but rarely should we serve alone.  Together, the fellows actively serve in various roles 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 to see the mission as a calling 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.

Week at a Glance

Year at a Glance 

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 24–26:  TFI National Conference in Washington, D.C. Area
April 27–28:  Visit D.C. and U.S. Senators
May 4:  Graduation Banquet
May 6–9:  End of Year Getaway