The Colson Fellows Program educates people of strong faith with relevant skills, biblical knowledge, and a solid Christian worldview, so you can navigate today's culture and help re-shape it in a way that is pleasing to God.

How does God restore a broken culture?

With people like the Colson Fellows:
people like you.


Colson Fellows Program founder Chuck Colson understood personally about Christ’s power to accomplish great things through imperfect people. His own experience drove him to build a program that would help Christian leaders to live out “a biblical view of all of life.” Today, Colson Fellows are on the front lines of Christian ministry and influence.
 

What do you get when you join the

Colson Fellows Program Houston Affiliate?

 

The Same Content as the National Program

  • Same curriculum of books, videos, webinars, & devotionals
  • Same online forum and access to residency talks
  • Same requirements to graduate, same status as a graduate

Lower Cost & Less Travel

  • Tuition is $950 for the year which is 55% of the cost of the national program
  • Significantly lower overall cost since the affiliate program does not require travel to the national residencies
  • Financial aid is available to qualified candidates
 

Resources to Help You Succeed

  • A local mentor to assist you through the program, pray for your success, and be there to answer questions.
  • Opportunity to interface with the authors of many of the books as part of our monthly meetings
  • Regular advice from past graduates on key parts of the program including the teaching assignment, 3 year ministry plan, and managing the workload

Local Network & Monthly Meetings

  • Work through the curriculum with a local group of like-minded Christians
  • Monthly face-to-face meetings to help you process the books and videos.
  • We meet the second Saturday of each month from August through April at The Bible Seminary in Katy.

Are There Colson Fellow Graduates Here in the Houston Area?

Yes. There are > 15 graduates in the greater Houston area. Four of them are facilitating the Houston Affiliate. To read more and contact one of the Houston area Colson Fellows, click the button to the right.

Some of the teachers and speakers that you'll hear from in the program are shown below.

 
Bill Brown National Director Colson Fellows

Bill Brown, National Director Colson Fellows

Jim Daly President of Focus on the Family

Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center

John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center

Os Guiness

Os Guiness, Author and social critic

Abdu Murray

Abdu Murray, NA Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

 
J Warner Wallace

J Warner Wallace, Homicide Detective & Christian Apologist

Amy Sherman, Sagamore Institute

Amy Sherman, Sagamore Institute

Dr. Glenn Sunshine, Professor of worldview and historical theology

Dr. Glenn Sunshine, Professor of worldview and historical theology

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder Joni & Friends

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder Joni & Friends

Chris Brooks, Pastor, Evangelical Ministries

Chris Brooks, Pastor, Evangelical Ministries

Colson Fellows Program Houston Affiliate Overview

Program Overview

The Program is designed for thoughtful Christians who are:

  • Interested in applying their faith in every area of their life
  • Sensing God leading them into a new season of insight and ministry
  • Wanting to join a fellowship of Christians committed to engaging the culture of Christ
  • Willing to devote meaningful time each week to learn and grow
The Colson Fellows Program weaves four strands together to form a unique training experience:

  • Spiritual Transformation --- We emphasize holistic discipleship as the key to effective Christ-centered living.
  • Clear Vision --- We teach a Christian worldview that is both faithful to the Scriptures and applicable to our times.
  • Practical Skills --- We focus on real-life ways of bringing Biblical redemption and restoration to bear on the most signifiant issues of our culture.
  • Powerful Network --- We nurture a support group of like-minded men and women who are committed to changing the world around us.
The curriculum is designed for men and women with busy, complex lives with structured content and flexibility in timing. Key components include:

  • Reading thought provoking books from leading Christian authors
  • Watching the daily Breakpoint and completing the daily devotional
  • Interacting with leading Christian thinkers through webinars
  • Watching videos that provide further insight on the topics we are studying
  • Watching videos of presentations given at National residencies
  • Completing the Strength Finder assessment
  • Teaching others about worldviews
  • Developing a 3 year ministry plan
  • Monthly face-to-face meetings to help you process the books and other content
  • Lower cost and less travel than the national program
  • Past graduates and a dedicated mentor helping you successfully complete the program requirements
  • Development of relationships with local, like-minded Christians
  • Opportunity to interface, in a small group setting, with many of the authors of the books that we are reading
The Houston Affiliate will meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Bible Seminary in Katy.

Here are the dates for the monthly meetings:

  • August 11, 2018
  • September 8, 2018
  • October 13, 2018
  • November 10, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • January 12, 2019
  • February 9, 2019
  • March 9, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • May 11, 2019

Next Steps:

  1. Go to: www.colsonfellows.org for more information on the general program
  2. Contact us with any questions: info@colsonfellowshouston.org
  3. Complete the detailed application by May 31st, 2019: colsonfellows.com/online-application-2019/

What happens after you graduate?

Graduates become Colson Fellows for life. This means you can participate in future webinars and residencies and get access to the curriculum in future years. Plus we hope that you will play an active role in future Houston Affiliate classes as a mentor and maybe even a member of the core group running the program.

What Questions do you have for the Colson Fellows Program Houston Affiliate?

1What is a Worldview?
A worldview had been compared to a pair of glasses though which we see the world. It is the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the “big picture” that directs our daily decisions and actions. It helps us answer three big questions:
  1. Where did we come from?
  2. What went wrong?
  3. How can it be fixed?
Everyone has a worldview, whether they realize it or not. One of our goals is to help you better understand the Christian worldview and how it applies to our culture and issues.
2Am I qualified for the Colson Fellows program?
Qualified Fellows candidates are mature Christian adults who are committed to growing in their faith and becoming further equipped to engage the culture with the heart and mind of Christ. They have a record of consistent Christ-centered living and are committed to investing the time and effort to fulfill the requirements of the Fellows program.
3How long is the program?
The program will begin in late July and conclude with the Fellows commissioning in May.
4How much travel is involved?
Once a month travel to Katy for the Saturday morning meeting. Optional travel to the national residencies.
5What is the estimated weekly time commitment required by the program?
Most graduates of the program say that it takes between 10 and 20 hours per week, depending on speed of reading and organizational skills. Here is an overview:
  • Reading: average about 1.5 books per month
  • Daily: the daily 4 minute Breakpoint received by radio, podcast or email. Read a portion of Conformed to His Image. Complete a devotional Bible study (5x per week)
  • Monthly: one or two 1.5 hour teleconferences with authors and leaders, one 1 hour video, and one 4 hour face-to-face meeting.
Most Fellows candidates have found they re-purpose their current devotional time and a portion of their leisure time to accommodate the program. But don’t forget, this is not intended to be a hobby, but a re-engineering of thinking and focus on life, faith and culture. There are no short-cuts to anywhere worth going!

6I work full-time. Can I still be involved?
Many of the Fellows candidates do work full-time. It is up to you to determine if you can fulfill the requirements. Graduates of the program are available to answer any questions you have. Just let us know and we will connect you.
7How much does the program cost?
The tuition for the program is only a fraction of the cost. The Colson Center works hard to provide the resources to make the Colson Fellows program available. The tuition cost for each student is $950 for the year for the Houston Affiliate program. Additional expenses include books and materials, which work out to about $200. This is about one third of the total cost of the national program.
1What denomination or theological persuasion does the Colson Center follow?
The Colson Center is not a church or school. The Colson Fellows program attracts students from across the spectrum of Christ-centered people. The doctrinal statement of the Center (available online) provides a solid foundation to draw followers of Christ together, not to divide. The goal is to equip believers to make a significant impact through their Christ-centered service.
2What is the difference between the national and Houston Affiliate program?
The National program and the Houston Affiliate programs follow the same content and curriculum. The major difference is the Houston Affiliate programs meet together once a month while the National program requires three weekend residencies. As an Affiliate member you have the option (but not the obligation) to attend these residencies.
3Can you share more info on the teaching practicum and three-year plan?
The teaching practicum and three-year plan arise from Chuck Colson’s concern that the Fellows Program should not merely be an “input” operation. The goal is to equip you to put into practice what you learn.
The teaching practicum asks Colson Fellows to facilitate worldview training with others. The Fellows program provides the content, such as For the Life of the World video series; the worldview engagement series by Dr. Brown, or a number of other materials. You can facilitate these in a Sunday school setting, as a home study, or any other setting you arrange.
The three year plan is intended to help you think through and commit to how you will apply this training to help re-shape the culture in a way that is pleasing to God. There are an incredible number of ways that this can be done and one of the most important outcomes of this nine month program is to help you find the one that is the best match for your passions, experiences, and gifts.
4What is the selection process for candidates?
Fellows candidates will be reviewed by both the national office and the leadership of the Houston affiliate. For Houston we will be primarily evaluating the spiritual maturity and commitment to learning followed by action of the candidates that apply.
5What is included in the application?
The application includes your biographical information and about 15 questions intended to understand your spiritual maturity and commitment to learning and action. You also need to provide three references who will be asked to fill out a short survey on you. You can review the application by going to the Colson Fellows website and clicking on the How to Apply tab in the banner at the top.
6When and where are the Houston Affiliate meetings?
The meetings for the Houston Affiliate will held in Katy on the second Saturday of the month from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm with an optional lunch afterwards.
7Can you give some examples of books and residency/webinar speakers that participated in the program last year?
Books: How Now Shall We Live; Saving the Bible from Ourselves; Conformed to His Image; Mere Christianity; Abolition of Man; Making Sense of Your World; Why You Think the Way You Do; The Reasons for God; A Practical Guide to Culture; Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus; Urban Apologetics; The Case for Grace; The Call; Kingdom Calling and Restoring All Things.
Webinars: John Stonestreet, Bill Brown, J Warner Wallace; Os Guinness; Glenn Sunshine; Ken Boa; Jennifer Marshall; Joni Eareckson Tada; Rod Dreher; Abdu Murray; Scott Klusendorf; Phillip Yancey; Preston Sprinkle; Chris Brooks; and Amy Sherman.
Residencies Speakers: John Stonestreet, David Eaton, Glenn Sunshine, Jeff Cook, Jason Jenz, Christopher Yuan, Pat Williams, Brent Crowe, Rod Dreher, Chris Brooks, Emily Colson, Jennifer Marshall, Abdu Murray, Todd Wagner, Brett Kunkle, Os Guinness, and Ravi Zacharias.

While becoming a Colson Fellow takes time and commitment, our application process is straightforward. You already have the foundation: a strong and heartfelt faith. We encourage you to take that faith further, and become a leader for Christ – to become a Colson Fellow.