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Many young adults find the church to be irrelevant, judgmental, and out-of-touch rather than a place filled with love, grace, and hope in Christ. In addition, many young Christians have a lot of trouble connecting their faith in Christ with their day-to-day work and friendships.
The good news is that churches in The Fellows Initiative network are experiencing the exact opposite. In fact, many of the churches that host TFI fellows programs report that Millennials are among their fastest growing age groups!
Through our commitment to Christ-centered, church-based, whole-life discipleship of recent college graduates, TFI fellows programs are a bright spot in an otherwise difficult story. With your financial support and partnership, TFI can continue to grow and impact more churches, cities, and fellows every year.
Highlights from 2020
In spite of the global pandemic, fellows and fellows programs have thrived. Yes, this year has been very difficult at times. The fellows program directors across the TFI network have felt the weight of the challenge. And, to a large degree, the fellows have done exceptionally well during this time.
Here are a few highlights from the fellows year
Growing Participation. This year, there are 30 fellows programs in 27 cities. That’s a high watermark for the TFI network. There are 280 fellows in the current program year, and more than 2,400 alumni. Even though we had to be online, we hosted well over 300 people at the annual TFI Micah 6:8 Conference in November.
New Programs. In spite of the global pandemic, 4 new TFI fellows programs launched in the fall of 2020 and we are so grateful to have them in our growing network:
Atlanta City Fellows in Atlanta, Georgia
Fourth Presbyterian Fellows in Bethesda, Maryland
Franklin Fellows in Franklin, Tennessee
Gainesville Fellows, in Gainesville, Florida
Training More Churches. In 2020, we trained more than 25 people from 13 churches that are exploring new fellows programs! Our successful New Director Training program has also had a busy year with many new staff members in our network.
TFI Common Application. This application allows applicants to apply to three programs at once. Our goal is to give broad reach to our fellows programs, many of which have limited ability to recruit nationally.
The Lord has richly blessed The Fellows Initiative for many years. We are confident that he will continue to bless and grow this work, even if our growth is a bit slower during the pandemic.
Here are a few things we are working toward
New Fellows Program in Atlanta. We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Zacchaeus Fellows at Peachtree Church in Atlanta! This will be our second program in the Atlanta Metro area.
Anticipated Growth After the Pandemic. Churches in at least 10 cities around the United States are actively considering and/or preparing to launch in the 2022-2023 timeframe. We are eager to see how God will work once the challenges of the pandemic are lifted.
Expanded Campus Recruitment. Reaching college seniors is a strategic initiative for TFI and each of our participating fellows programs. Our goal is to help as many emerging leaders find their place in a fellows program.
Continuation of Our Successful Conference Program. This year we were forced to have virtual conferences for our fellows rather than in-person. Our fellows heard from and interacted with amazing Christian leaders such as Denine Blevins, Dr. Brian Fikkert, Rev. Dr. Irwyn Ince, Ambassador John Richmond, and Philip Yancey. We intend to return to in-person events as soon as possible.
The 2020 TFI Conference Speakers: Denine Blevins, Ambassador John Richmond, Dr. Brian Fikkert, Philip Yancey, Rev. Dr. Irwyn Ince
We are so pleased to see the growth God has brought to TFI in the last three years. With your partnership, we are excited about all He will do this year. Together, we are working to reverse the trend of church abandonment among Millennials while equipping them for lives of servant leadership in the name of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to continue to scale this impact to more churches, cities, and young leaders.
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