The Colson Fellows at South Quay Baptist Church
Many of our Bible studies focus on understanding God and learning how to live in right relationship with Him, ourselves and one another. All of this is vital to our spiritual growth within the church as a community of believers. However, the Bible also teaches us how to live in right relationship with every aspect of God’s creation, which includes our job, neighborhood, 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 follow Jesus in His work of restoring all things. This is where a “biblical worldview” proves vital.
Ours is a world where the “powers and principalities” are actively working to dis-order God’s good creation in marriage, families, human sexuality, and personhood to name a few examples. As disciples of Christ called to love our neighbors, we cannot truly love them 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,” South Quay Baptist Church is pleased to partner with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in bringing the Colson Fellows Program launching in July 2024.
The Colson Fellows Program is a transformational course that compresses a lifetime of Christian wisdom into ten months. This program will establish a solid foundation for those who are new to the study of Christian worldview, and for those who are well-versed in worldview and apologetics; you will gain new insights into today’s rapidly changing culture. Colson Fellows-in-Training go beyond understanding worldview as mere arguments and facts, and develop instead, the critical thinking skills or wisdom to discern what is or is not true, good, and beautiful in every issue that assails us today so they can understand the times and engage others thoughtfully and with grace.
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. 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 personal mission plan that aligns their abilities and life circumstances with God’s purpose.
Other features of the Program include:
- 24/7/365 access to the Colson Fellows Online Learning Platform;
- Monthly Saturday morning meetings facilitated by Pastor Mark & Amy Warren;
- 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, South Quay Baptist Church members and guests pay only $550 in tuition.
- Tuition is not due until October 1, 2024.
- Participants will need to purchase a dozen or so books from a source of their choice. The list will be made available when enrollment opens.
- Enrollment opens in January 2024 and closes July 1, 2024. Be sure to come back to this page to enroll.
- Online access to the Course opens July 1, 2024
- Discussion sessions begin in August, 2024 and continue each month until early May 2025. The actual meeting schedule will be arranged with those who enroll. We will meet once a month on a Saturday morning for several hours. Coffee, refreshments, and lunch are provided. Zoom will be available for those not able to attend.
- Students completing the Program will be commissioned in May 2025 at the William Wilberforce Weekend. Location TBA.