Applications for the 2019-20 class of Framework will open in Spring 2019.
The Framework Fellows Program exists to equip the church in applying the gospel's transforming influence to the cities and sectors we inhabit for God's glory and the common good of the greater Los Angeles area. This will be accomplished through three primary aspects of the rigorous nine month program.
Metabolize a robust gospel-centered theological and spiritual formation
within a committed community.
Imagine God's redemptive purposes for all spheres of creation.
Mobilize for vibrant social, cultural and spiritual renewal of Los Angeles.
Framework provides in-depth study of the biblical narrative and historic Christian doctrines. Readings will be from many of the most significant and historic source materials on relevant topics. The method of learning will emphasize individual spiritual formation. Rhythms of key practices facilitate personal transformation as the starting point in becoming an agent for gospel transformation in our public life. Safe and authentic community will provide a critical element for growth with extensive community prayer, various disciplines, and exploration of our dependence on body life in the church.
Framework will explore the worldview of the Christian life from its roots in the cultural mandate of Genesis 1-2. The basis and dignity of work, the direction and ordering of creation, and the beauty and wonder of God’s design for the world will be investigated and applied to an integrated framework for culture and the social institutions of human existence. The effects of the Fall will be considered from various levels including our intrinsic alienation from God and each other. Faith requires reimagining God’s redemptive purposes in every social structure which constitute our vocational spheres. Fellows will obtain the ability and appropriate language to interact with concepts of theology and the Christian life, deeper implications of the redeeming work of Christ, and applications of the faith to a thoroughly public theology.
Framework engages fellows with healing and restoration principles needed for all spheres of social life. Many examples from history of significant lives lived in passionate service and influence for God’s glory and the common good will be reviewed. Our limitations and liabilities as ambassadors of Christ in a still dark and often hostile world will also be considered. Principles of wisdom and learning to both care for and cultivate the good, as well as challenge and replace the evil in our current culture will be addressed. Fellows will be challenged to propose their own cultural renewal capstone project as part of this program related to their particular vocational sphere.
Framework provides fellows with a committed community in which to learn, experience and apply, a focused vision of Christ's redemptive purpose for all of creation.
FEEDBACK FROM COMMISSIONED FELLOWS:
“The Framework Fellows Program completely changed the way I value my work and day to day purpose - I am so thankful for the discipleship and growth. I highly recommend diving in and reaping the blessings that flow from it!”
"The program has shaped me and helped me grow in my walk with God and how I view and approach work. It is a special and life impacting program! I am excited!"
"The breadth of the program was particularly meaningful, applying a theological perspective to education, family, business, government, etc. Praying for each other on a weekly basis was also very meaningful."
PROGRAM DETAILS AND COMMITMENT
The Framework Fellowship is a nine-month program (similar to an Executive Leadership Development program) for adults who are employed full-time in the Los Angeles area and have at least two years of working experience. Our typical class comprises 50% men and 50% women working in fields including law, finance, education, science and technology, government, non-profit, design, medicine, and the arts.
The Fellowship normally begins Labor Day Weekend and finishes Memorial Day Weekend. During these nine months, the Fellows meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. Three retreats (typically Labor Day, mid-winter, and Memorial Day weekends) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.
The Fellows tuition fee helps offset program expenses. Tuition is $2000 for Pacific Crossroads members including those in process of becoming Pacific Crossroads members during the application period. For all other applicants the fee is $2250 but must be members of another church in good and standing with one of the application references provided being from a pastor of their current church. Need-based financial aid is available for partial tuition scholarships and financial aid applications will be sent out after final acceptance letters are sent.
We seek donors who can enable us to provide financial aid, as needed. Applications will be accepted in the spring for cohorts beginning the following September. Fellows will be selected by an admissions committee from applicants who best demonstrate 1) commitment to the City, 2) spiritual maturity, and 3) ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the Program.
If you have questions or would like more details, please send an email to: cfwla@faithandworkLA.com