By Lydia Grace Boswell
Every week, there are more and more "lasts" on my calendar. The past month has been filled with the “lasts” of Capital Fellows - our last classes, dinners, days at Cornerstone. Everything is changing. We will say “see you later” to those in our class going off to new places, as well as welcome new Fellows-by-marriage into our family. It seems clear that the Fellows program is over, which begs the question: what was this all for?
This year in the Fellows program, we have been working tirelessly to learn about and become who God wants us to be. At our last commons, we were asked the question: "Given everything we've learned, who will we be now?"
I had these same questions a year ago when I was participating in all the “lasts” of college. The end of college felt like a time of mourning. I was very emotional; I even made a playlist of sad songs entitled 'Crying about College' that I did, in fact, cry while listening to. Graduating from college felt like a nail in the coffin - your time in undergrad is over; leave and return only with a sizable donation to the Alumni Association. Graduation from Fellows, however, is not an ending or death, but an invitation to life in the Church.
We received a commission at our National Fellows Conference—to love, lead, and be light in the world. In the Great Commission, Jesus told the disciples to go out and make disciples. Who will we be now? Fellows making fellows. But to go out into the world, we must leave the Fellows program behind. There, we are met with the realization that these "lasts" of Fellows are really the "firsts" of our commissioned life. And even more, we are going into this life hand-in-hand with Jesus.
I can hardly wait.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20
Recent Capital Fellows Pictures
Alumni Night: Capital Fellows across time and space
Our first Fellows engagement!
Social hour after the National Conference with Fellows across the country.
Pre-class coffee and treats at Dr. Clark’s home.
Become A Capital Fellow in 2022-23
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The Season 16 program year runs from late August 2022 through mid-May 2023. If you are a college senior or recent graduate - or know someone that is - we would love to hear from you!
Pray for the Capital Fellows
Thank you for praying for the Capital Fellows each week!
Today, Capital Fellows Season 15 is heading off to the beach. We have gone to the same beach house in Duck, North Carolina nearly every year of this program. It's a time of rest and reflection. For some, it's a time for goodbyes as fellows move on to other pastures. Please pray for this group as they spend this last week together.
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Benefits of The Fellows Initiative
You probably already know that Capital Fellows is one of 32 fellows programs in The Fellows Initiative network. Capital Fellows benefit from our affiliation with The Fellows Initiative in many ways. One of those ways is that all Capital Fellows alumni receive a 33% tuition discount at Reformed Theological Seminary for 5 years. For more information, please contact us.
If you know a church in the US or Canada that would benefit from joining The Fellows Initiative by launching a new fellows program. Please contact TFI by visiting their website.
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