The Grace Fellows Program is a two-year educational and ministry leadership program designed for post baccalaureate men and women who desire to explore vocational ministry in a local church setting, discover and hone their spiritual gifts, develop practical ministry skills, and learn the fundamentals of biblical theology. Dallas Theology Seminary has officially recognized the Grace Fellows Program within their Advanced Standing program so that Grace Fellows can reduce the length of their degree by up to 1 year (or 25%) by successfully completing the program. The Grace Fellows Program is a ministry of Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX and has been investing in young men and women since 1995.
The Grace Fellows Program allows participants to interact with a number of pastors and staff at Grace, so they can receive the broadest possible ministry training. Although classroom training is an important part of their development, a strong emphasis is placed on field experience as a staff member within either the College, Youth, Children, Outreach, Media Arts & Worship, and Missions department. Participants will learn in the following six environments:
Classroom & Instructors
Classes are designed to increase the participant’s biblical literacy, theological competency, and bible study skills. These classes maintain a small participant-to-instructor ratio in order to provide an interactive learning environment. Each class session includes required reading and assigned homework.
Participants invest a portion of their time leading within a small group ministry. They meet weekly with staff to study the Bible, using Bible study curriculum written at Grace. Once they are trained, they lead their own small groups through the Scripture. They also provide discipleship and training to the students in their care, and occasionally have public speaking opportunities through the small group ministry.
Ministry Specialty & General Administration
Each participant has unique gifts, ministry passions, and background experiences. As a result, each participant is given a ministry focus, whether in community outreach, worship, media, evangelism, missions, men’s ministry, women’s ministry, or administration. In addition to their ministry focus, they are required to fulfill general administrative responsibilities.
Participants are strongly encouraged to go on a short-term mission trip during their time in the program. While each trip varies in length and location, they all expose participants to cross-cultural evangelistic ministry. Each person is given responsibility to lead one or more aspects of the trip, in areas such as recruiting, training, and administration.
Personal & Professional Mentorship
Each participant meets biweekly with a long-term staff member at Grace for personal mentorship. Their mentor addresses spiritual formation and character development, with a view to improving the participant’s future effectiveness. Each participant also takes personality and spiritual gift assessment tests, while receiving professional coaching from the Leadership Development Pastor.