The Colson Fellows Study at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Most of our Bible study throughout our Christian lives focuses on understanding God and learning how to live in right relationship to Him, ourselves and each other—and this is certainly vital to our spiritual growth. However, the Bible also teaches us how to live in right relationship to every aspect of God’s creation, which includes society, culture, art, economics, education and politics just to name a few. Furthermore, the Bible helps us understand how to properly order (or re-order) the fallen world as we join Christ in his work of restoring all things. This is where a “Christian worldview” proves vital.
Ours is a world where the “powers and principalities” are actively working to dis-order God’s good creation in areas such as marriage, family, human sexuality, and personhood to name a few. As disciples of Christ, we cannot truly love our neighbors and remain indifferent to ideas and actions that do harm to people and God’s creation. The fact is, ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims. Because we care about the victims of “bad ideas,” we are pleased to partner with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in bringing the Colson Fellows Program to Trinity Presbyterian Church.
The Colson Fellows Program is a ten-month reading and discussion seminar that will establish a solid biblical foundation for those who are new to the study of Christian worldview, as well as for those who are well-versed in Christian worldview and apologetics. The course is designed to give you new insights into today’s rapidly changing cultural context. Colson Fellows-in-Training go beyond understanding worldview as mere arguments and facts, to develop instead, the critical thinking skills or wisdom to discern what is true, good and beautiful in every situation so they can understand the times and know what to do.
Beginning each July, Colson Fellows-in-Training follow a carefully curated curriculum that helps them understand and identify worldviews and how they manifest in today’s ideas, philosophies, policies and practice. The curriculum for this coming year has been finalized and may be viewed here. You will learn how to analyze and understand culture and its influence. Additionally, we will examine current cultural flashpoints such as race relations, progressive sexuality, religious liberty, the role of government, economics, and sanctity of life to name a few. Finally, Colson Fellows-in-Training will examine the concept of “calling” to develop a “Three-Year” personal plan that aligns their abilities and life circumstances with God’s purpose. Learn more.
Other features of the Program include:
- 24/7/365 access to the Colson Fellows Online Learning Platform;
- Monthly Meetings facilitated by Tom Danielson, Hous Waring and several other commissioned Colson Fellows;
- Twice-Monthly Video Webinars in which you are able to interact with authors from the reading list and other leading worldview scholars;
- Interactive daily devotionals that weave together all course components;
- Assistance developing a teaching practicum in which you will teach on a topic you’ve learned;
- StrengthsFinder assessment;
- Lifetime access to Colson Center resources and ongoing worldview education;
- Inclusion into a network of over 2000 Colson Fellows working across the globe in various spheres of Christian ministry.
- Typically, participants in the Colson Fellows Program pay $900.
- Through an exclusive Licensing Agreement with the Colson Center, Trinity Church members and guests pay only $450 in tuition.
- Tuition is not due until October 1, 2022.
- Participants will need to purchase books from a source of their choice such as the Trinity Bookstore or Amazon. Estimated book costs are an additional $200.
- Registration closes July 1, 2022
- Online access to the Course opens July 1, 2022
- Discussion sessions begin in August, 2022 and continue each month until early May 2023. The actual meeting schedule will be arranged with those who enroll. Normally, Colson Fellows meet once a month on a Saturday morning for several hours, but our Trinity Church group may choose to meet on Wednesday evenings when other elective classes are held. Coffee and refreshments will be available. Zoom will be available for those not able to attend.
- Students completing the Program will be commissioned in May 2023.