What is a Christian leader?
“Pray without ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Common prayer is at the heart of the Fellows Program. Fellows actively participate in the life of worship and prayer at Church of the Incarnation. Each Sunday, we join the community in worship at one of the seven services offered at Incarnation.
Monday through Friday, we begin and end our days in prayer, attending the weekday services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. These two services are the treasure of the Anglican spiritual tradition. By praying Morning and Evening Prayer, we pray along with Christians around the world and across centuries. We get to pray the Psalms every day, to read lots of the Bible together, and to join our prayer with the prayers of the people of God.
We soak ourselves in this pattern of prayer because we want to see transformation in our lives, and in our world.
“Whatever you do, work heartily…You are serving the Lord Christ.” — Colossians 3:23-24
Fellows want to start well and to discover the connection between our faith and our work. So three days a week, Fellows work in part-time, paid professional positions in Dallas—one of the top five cities in the US for job growth. The Fellows Program partners with each Fellow to find a position relevant to our education, passions, and skills. These internships serve as a laboratory for learning to live as Christ-centered leaders.
Regular career counseling and aptitude assessment help Fellows continue to discern what kind of work we were created to do.
In our work, this is our prayer: “Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good” (The Book of Common Prayer).
Over the past 5 years, the Uptown Fellows have partnered with a variety of employers, including:
“Get wisdom; get insight.” — Proverbs 4:5
Fellows study theology with the Rev. Canon Dr. Victor Austin, the Theologian-in-Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. The Theology Class meets once a week over the course of the program year. The course involves discussion of the “ReFrame” videos, produced by Regent College and structured around the central story given us in Scripture, as well as seminar discussions of key texts. We undertake this continuing education to understand our lives in terms of the great Christian narrative. We study God’s story to better understand what it means to live as Christians in the world today.
Fellows participate in weekly seminars in which guest speakers cover topics ranging from spiritual formation to career development.
Each Fellow is paired with a mentor from Church of the Incarnation. Mentors are godly men and women who provide encouragement and guidance ranging from finances to career to Christian discipleship.
Retreats at the beginning and end of the year—at Texas ranches and lake houses—provide time for reflection and discussion. Fellows also attend two national conferences with participants from other Fellows programs across the country.
“Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.” — Ephesians 5:2
Fellows serve the church and serve the poor. Each Fellow volunteers in a ministry department at Church of the Incarnation, including youth, children and family ministries, and outreach. Fellows also regularly serve in worship services.
Church of the Incarnation is dedicated to serving our neighbors, focusing our local outreach ministries in the 75204 zip code. Fellows build relationships with the poor through volunteering in Incarnation’s outreach ministries, including Young Life at North Dallas High School, the AIDS Meal Ministry, Day of Service, Angel Tree, and the Austin Street Shelter.
Through serving we build habits that will sustain a life of service for Christ and the Kingdom.
“Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity!” — Psalm 133:1
Fellows live together in Christian community. Together Fellows build a common spiritual life, sharing each other’s burdens and learning to honestly reconcile disputes. We forge deep friendships through our life together.
Fellows live in communal housing in the heart of Dallas. For more information on our great location, click here.