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Leaf Fellowship

September 3, 2019 – May 25, 2020 • $1,800

Why Leaf Fellowship?

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How might a church, committed to the renewal of the city, invest in the next generation to impact New York City’s culture and marketplace with the fullness of the Gospel?

In September 2008, Redeemer committed to equip our young adults for gospel leadership in the world. With the Gotham Fellowship, we have initiated an intensive, top tier training program that engenders commitment from its participants and our congregation. Through the Gotham Fellowship we provide the theological, spiritual, and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work. The Fellowship integrates three primary elements to further the social, cultural, and spiritual renewal of New York City:

THEOLOGICAL TRAINING
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 the Reformed tradition and is sufficiently robust to engage the diverse and complex culture of NYC.

SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Fellowship fosters personal, spiritual and professional development through daily devotions and relationships with pastoral leaders and mentors from the congregation.

COMMUNITY FORMATION
The Fellowship is a community of peers, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, who are committed to each others’ spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.


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PROGRAM DETAILS AND COMMITMENT

The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month program (similar to an Executive Education program) for up to 80 adults who are employed full-time in New York City and have at least two years of working experience. Our typical class comprises 50% men and 50% women working in fields including, but not limited to, law, finance, education, government, non-profit, design, medicine, and the arts.

The Fellowship begins Labor Day Weekend and finishes Memorial Day Weekend. During these nine months, the Fellows meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. Three retreats (Labor Day, mid-winter and Memorial Day weekends) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.

The Fellows tuition fee helps offset program expenses.  The fee is $2500 for Redeemer members and for those in process of Redeemer membership during the application period.  For all other applicants the fee is $2750.  Financial aid is available for all applicants and applications for financial aid will be sent out after final acceptance letters are sent.  

We are seeking donors who can enable us to provide financial aid, as needed. Applications will be accepted in the spring for cohorts beginning the following September. Fellows will be selected by an admissions committee from applicants who best demonstrate 1) commitment to the City, 2) spiritual maturity, and 3) ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the Program.

Gotham is neither a Bible Study nor Executive Education, but somehow it is both. It is the single best way I have seen to apply the Gospel to your work life in a disciplined fashion over a period of ten months, I watched several cohorts experience Gotham in New York City and saw first hand the change individuals experienced in both their professional and personal lives. Gotham offers Biblical truth in a close community applied to your work; it is transformational.
— Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church
Each year I meet a number of extraordinary . . . people who are experiencing the transforming power of the gospel personally and hunger for intensive theological training, mentoring and peer support to become effective instruments of Christ’s power to renew our culture. We’ve been praying for the leadership and congregational support of this Fellows Program for a long time.
— Dr. Timothy Keller
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BENEFITS TO THE FELLOWS

Increased gospel worldview depth and sustainability

Developing a defined sense of mission for early career and beyond

Career advice and counseling from successful leaders in their field

Developing a strategy for cultural renewal

Opportunity to learn from experienced Christian leaders

Exposure to the arts, cultural events, mercy/justice outreach

Relationships with instructors, mentors, and speakers

Community-based learning

OVerview

Format

Weekly Reading, Group Discussion, Discipleship, Mentorship, City Tours, Workshops, 3 Weekend Retreats

Location

Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation
1278 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC 29611
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Facilitators

Michelle Radford, Brannon McAllister, Will Gray, Chris Cloud

Age / Level

Post-college age to approximately 40

Tuition

Leaf Fellowship tuition for 2018-19 is $1,800 per individual, which covers licensing fees, copyrighted manual fees, overnight retreat costs, and administrative costs. Applicants who apply before the May 1 priority deadline, pending acceptance, will be eligible an early-bird tuition of $1,600.

Tuition covers the following:

  • Nine months of weekly class teachings

  • Three overnight retreats including lodging and meals

  • Six Gotham texts

  • Four city field trips

  • Weekly coffee and snacks

Tuition does not include paperback or electronic books, which are purchased independently by each participant.

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About The Facilitators

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Michelle Berg Radford is an artist and educator living in Greenville, SC. She holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She began her studio practice as a landscape painter, but has recently been exploring the meaning behind motherhood and domestic spaces through her mixed media assemblages and collages. Michelle teaches college painting, fiber arts, and theory courses. Michelle lives with her husband, Paul, and three young children and is passionate about weaving together art and daily life.

Visit her website at www.michellebergradford.com.


Brannon McAllister is an artist and educator living in Greenville, SC. She holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She began her studio practice as a landscape painter, but has recently been exploring the meaning behind motherhood and domestic spaces through her mixed media assemblages and collages. Michelle teaches college painting, fiber arts, and theory courses. Michelle lives with her husband, Paul, and three young children and is passionate about weaving together art and daily life.

Visit her website at www.michellebergradford.com.


Will Gray is an artist and educator living in Greenville, SC. She holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She began her studio practice as a landscape painter, but has recently been exploring the meaning behind motherhood and domestic spaces through her mixed media assemblages and collages. Michelle teaches college painting, fiber arts, and theory courses. Michelle lives with her husband, Paul, and three young children and is passionate about weaving together art and daily life.

Visit her website at www.michellebergradford.com.


Chris Cloud is an artist and educator living in Greenville, SC. She holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She began her studio practice as a landscape painter, but has recently been exploring the meaning behind motherhood and domestic spaces through her mixed media assemblages and collages. Michelle teaches college painting, fiber arts, and theory courses. Michelle lives with her husband, Paul, and three young children and is passionate about weaving together art and daily life.

Visit her website at www.michellebergradford.com.