Experience

About The Program

The Falls Church Fellows Program is a leadership and Christian formation program for recent college graduates with special emphasis on faith and vocation. Each Fellows class is prayerfully chosen to reflect the breadth of the body of Christ.  Fellows are immersed in a seamless life of Christian faith which includes professional work, theological study, discipleship, family, and service. Fellows work at internships in their area of professional interest, attend seminary and weekly seminars, experience community at weekly Roundtables and in Host Family Placements, and become discipled through mentoring, engaging in the spiritual disciplines, and discipling youth in our youth ministry, along with an expansive reading list and retreats sprinkled throughout the year.

Testimonials

Ellie Wood

Class of 2019

The Falls Church Fellows Program has truly changed and transformed the trajectory of my life. It has taught me how to prioritize the Lord first in all things and shown me that He is both sovereign and sufficient regardless of the circumstances. On top of all of that, it also gave me friendships and memories that will last me a lifetime. I am forever grateful for my time with the Falls Church Fellows!

Kirsten Ashey

Class of 2018

In the creative process there is a moment when you’ve gathered all your materials, you’ve tried different designs, and yet the vision for the piece is still unclear. And then something shifts. That was Fellows for me. A bunch of random plans, passions, and gifts laid before me and the process of God giving me hope and plans for the future.

The fellows program was the beginning of random threads in my life becoming something that could resemble a tapestry. Faithful and loving community, teaching, and mentorship showed me the deep faithfulness of God and the goodness of his plans for us.

Fellows Year at a Glance 2021-22

Event2022-232023-242024-25
Move In and Opening RetreatSept. 6-10Sept. 5-9Sept. 3-7
Micah 6:8 National ConferenceNov.3-6Nov. 2-5Nov. 1-3
Christmas BreakDec. 17-Jan. 2Dec. 19-Jan. 2Dec. 21-Jan. 4
Mid-Year RetreatJan. 3-5Jan. 3-6Jan. 6-9
Breakaway Retreat High School YouthFeb. 17-20Feb. 16-19Feb. 14-17
Breakaway Retreat Middle School YouthMar. 3-5Mar. 1-3Feb. 28- Mar. 2
Holy WeekApr. 1-9Mar. 24-31Apr. 12-20
Closing RetreatMay 30-June 1May 28-30May 27-29
Graduation WeekendJune 2-4May 31-June 2May 31- June 1

Fellows Week at a Glance 2022 – 2023

Costs of the Fellows Program

Each fellow raises $7,500 to participate in the program.  This money covers the costs for seminary courses, retreats, books, speaker fees, and materials.  Room and board is provided by host families who are members of The Falls Church Anglican. During the program year, fellows use their wages for personal needs and as a nest egg for start-up costs at the end of the year. This makes beginning one’s career in the Washington D.C. metro area (with its high cost of living) more feasible.  Fellows typically share housing costs with other young professionals they’ve met through the program at the completion of the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why $7,500?

This fee covers every aspect of the program – seminary courses, books and study materials, retreats, speaker costs, and special events.  For more about “the why” of support raising, read The Spirituality of Fund-Raising, by Henri Nouwen.

Do I have to raise it all, or can I pay for it myself?

We recommend support raising for all the good reasons that Henri Nouwen explores. But, if circumstances prevent that, or if you would rather contribute your own funds, that’s okay too. You can also raise some and pay some. However you pay for the program, we ask that you invite a committed group of friends to support you in prayer.

What if I don’t have a community or potential financial supporters?

Don’t let this scare you!  We offer guidance and resources for you. Call us, and let’s talk it through.

What if I have a student loan?

Typically, student loan payments begin in December and can be paid out of your part-time salary.

What else do I get for the investment?

You get a chance to start your career in one of the most influential and yet expensive cities in America.  You get a network of disciplers, professional mentors, and community leaders who care deeply for you and will help you to Start Well in your career and all aspects of your life. You get a vibrant intergenerational church with a strong presence in the local community, rich liturgical worship services, and leaders who invest in you.  You get a better understanding of how God has wired you for relationship, work, worship, and service. You also get a community of friends with whom to live life.  When the fellows year is over, you’ll be rooted in a continuing community.

Do I need a car?

Yes. While limited public transportation is available, a car will be necessary to efficiently commute between your home, internship, and church.

Will you help me find an internship?

Yes, we will find an internship for you. We will strive to find the best possible fit for your qualifications and career goals.

Is the internship guarenteed to be paid?

Yes, all internships are paid.

Where have recent fellows interned?

A wide variety of companies and organizations:

Center for Public Justice

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

The C.S. Lewis Institute

The Falls Church Anglican Youth Ministry

Food For the Hungry 

FP1 Strategies (campaign consultants)

Foundation Insurance 

Greenberg Traurig LLP (law firm)

Human Trafficking Institute

Keel Point (financial advisors)

Next Tier Concepts (national security consultants) 

Philanthropy Roundtable

Pinkston (PR firm)

Plus Communications (digital firm)

Red Edge (digital firm)

Representative Aderholt

Senator Ben Sasse

Senator Jim Inhofe

Senator Steve Daines

Stand Together (non-profit)

Sustainable Building Partners (building consultants)

The Telos Group

Values Partnerships (marketing firm)

Do I need to find/pay for my own lodging?

No, we will place with a host family who you will stay with free of charge for the duration of the program.

What college majors are preferred?

We welcome all college majors! Past fellows have majored in:

Biology

Business Analytics

Business

Computer Science

Criminology

Economics

Exercise Sports & Science

Foreign Affairs

International Business

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Philosophy

Political Science

Public Policy

Public Relations

Psychology

Religious Studies

Who can I reach out to with more questions?

Email us any time at [email protected]