Franklin Fellows Application

Personal Information



We are looking for quality over quantity; be thorough but succinct. We want you to enjoy this spiritual exercise and discipline of getting to know yourself and learning to tell your story. You should answer each question in the spirit and wisdom of the following quote:

Every person, therefore, on coming to the knowledge of himself [herself], is not only urged to seek God, but is also led as by the hand to find Him. – John Calvin

Please read through the entire application before answering the questions.

Briefly describe the following:

Program policy affirmations

Please respond to the following questions and list any concerns regarding these policies at this time.

marketplace & ecclESIAL FELLOWS

Each FRANKLIN FELLOW is categorized under one of two categories: Marketplace Fellows or Ecclesial Fellows. For descriptions of each focus, see below. (For additional information, please visit our website.) Marketplace and Ecclesial Fellows have a fully integrated experience but distinctive work placements and mentoring components, as well as some curriculum differences. Applicants may apply directly to one of these tracks and can also be considered for both.


The Marketplace Fellows spend nine months learning to discern how they can use their God-given faith, talents, education, influence, and resources to best steward all the gifts that have been put in their care by our creator. These men and women learn to better lead and serve in the local church and to have a thoughtful and faithful impact as they play their part in the “restoration of all things” in their vocational pursuits in the marketplace, the academy, and the public square. We desire to equip leaders to love the local church and to play their part in the flourishing of our communities and God’s world.

“In nothing has the Church so lost her hold on reality as in her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least uninterested in religion. But is it astonishing? How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?” —Dorothy Sayers


The Ecclesial Fellows follow the same objectives as those stated above but with vocational pursuits within the church (e.g., Youth Ministry, Worship Arts / Music, Community & Care, Counseling, Global Missions, etc.). Franklin Ecclesial Fellows come to us seeking discernment and preparation for vocational ministry in the local church, whether it is as a pastor or in some other capacity.

“The pervasive element in our two-thousand-year pastoral tradition is not someone who ‘gets things done’ but rather the person placed in the community to pay attention and call attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with one another and with God—this kingdom of God that is primarily local, relentlessly personal, and prayerful ‘without ceasing.’” —Eugene Peterson

Christ Community Church contributes to the theological, spiritual, and ministerial formation of fellows while they contribute to the ministry life of our church. Christ Community Church is like a “teaching hospital” that both cares for the daily needs of the sick and broken and does long-term research and mentoring. In preparing practitioners in the field of medicine, it was discovered that studying medical texts alone was not sufficient to train prospective physicians. The most effective means of training and equipping doctors was to work together with practitioners in a hospital setting. Prospective physicians would see real patients under the supervision of experienced physicians, learning the “practice” of medicine. These hospitals have come to be known as “teaching hospitals.” In the same way, seminary and academic studies alone are not sufficient to prepare individuals for a lifetime of vocational ministry in the local church. It is crucial that those preparing for vocational ministry have the opportunity to put what they are learning in the classroom into practice in the context of a living congregation and under the watchful care of an experienced ministry mentor or pastoral mentor.

This is the fundamental rationale for FRANKLIN FELLOWS’ Ecclesial Fellows Program – committed to preparing the next generation of vocational ministers for ministry in the local church and beyond.

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appendix a: Christ Community Church Teacher/Leader Agreement

In light of the nature of our task as teachers and leaders in the church of Jesus Christ and in light of Christ Community Church’s affiliation with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), we ask that those with ministry leadership roles indicate their agreement to the following statements by signing below:

I have committed my life to Jesus Christ and seek to follow Him as my Lord and Savior.

I will seek to model before those with whom I work a consistent Christian life characterized by devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I willingly submit to the leadership and authority of the Elders and Pastoral Staff of Christ Community Church insofar as it bears on my teaching.

I will not teach ideas or doctrine which I know to be contrary to Christ Community’s doctrinal stance as outlined on the attached page. (Please keep the attached “What We Believe” for your personal files and reference.)

appendix b: What We Believe at Christ Community Church and in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. 

We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy. 

We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. 

We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith. 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation. 

We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises. 

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. 

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself. 

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.