Frequently Asked Questions
Q: IS THE RALEIGH FELLOWS THE RIGHT FIT FOR ME?
We would love to talk with you more about the Raleigh Fellows Program. Please contact the director Ashley Crutchfield for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE RALEIGH FELLOWS PROGRAM?
The cost of the Raleigh Fellows is $6,750. This amount can be paid prior to the start of the program or on an incremental basis, to be agreed upon with the director. We encourage Fellows to seek financial prayer and support from family, friends, church community, and mentors. If, upon acceptance, you would like advice and resources on how to fundraise for your Fellows tuition, please let us know.
Q: WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
We consider applications on a rolling basis. As indicated below, our goal is to notify applicants with a decision 30-45 days after applications are received.
Early Admission: Applications received by November 30 will receive a decision by January 15.
Regular Admission: Applications received by February 1 will receive a decision by March 1.
Rolling Admission: Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a rolling basis.
If the program still has openings after June 1st, applicants will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Q: HOW DOES THE JOB THING WORK?
Utilizing the network of connections within the Church of the Apostles community, the Raleigh Fellows Program assists each Fellow in obtaining a part-time, paid internship. After reviewing your application and connecting with potential employers, we do our best to arrange a position that matches your field of interest. Fellows should expect to make around 10,000 over the course of their nine-month job.
Q: WHAT ARE THE CLASSES LIKE?
Each class offered through the Raleigh Fellows Program reflects the program’s desire for Fellows to grow in their relationships with God, others, and themselves.
Through our Old Testament and New Testament theology courses, Fellows cultivate a deeper understanding of God, His story and how each of us are a part of His narrative.
Intro to Family Systems Theory
The Intro to Family Systems Theory course allows Fellows to explore their own familial relationships and patterns to better understand themselves and how they relate to others.
The Spiritual Formation course provides Fellows with an assortment of spiritual practices and disciplines to strengthen and enhance their relationship with the Lord.
How did we get here? What is our purpose? These questions have been asked for centuries and are essential to finding meaning in life. Fellows examine the emergence, core beliefs, and implications of various world views, ultimately strengthening their understanding of Christian Theism and its answers to life’s essential questions. Additionally, Fellows hear from men and women in various careers about the relationship between faith and work and what it looks like to serve the kingdom in a “secular” workplace.
Q: WHERE WILL I LIVE?
Each Fellow lives with a family from our church who is willing to open their home to serve the church in this ministry. Our families range from singles, married with young kids, teens, and empty nesters, all working to honor Christ in their home and willing to let Fellows see the beauty of this process. Many factors go into placing a Fellow with a Family, and ultimately we pray for the Lord’s guidance as we make these decisions.
Q: HOW DID THE RALEIGH FELLOWS PROGRAM GET STARTED?
A committee was formed in 2007 by former Falls Church Fellows Matt Young and Trey Gaylord under the leadership and direction of Ray & Virginia Seigler. Together, Ray, Matt and Trey saw the potential in Church of the Apostles to be hospitable godly mentors to young adults coming out of college. The first class started in the fall of 2008, and we are grateful for that inaugural group for taking a chance on us. Ray directed the Raleigh Fellows for two years before passing the torch to Ashley Crutchfield, who has directed the Fellows since 2010.
The original Fellows Program was started by The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia, and there are now more than 24 Fellows programs hosted by churches around the country. The Fellows Initiative is the umbrella organization that brings these programs together and helps churches launch new programs. You can learn more about other programs at the Fellows Initiative website: thefellowsinitiative.org