Vision and Values
Fellows will become oriented to the vision and values of Chick-fil-A and the ministries of WinShape and Lifeshape during a day-long tour of significant historical landmarks in the life of the organization.
Calling and Vocation
Discover and explore our identity in Christ in an effort to better understand personal gifting and calling
Fellows will understand the importance of their design as Christ followers, & will demonstrate the essential elements of that design— the recovery of knowledge, the renovation of the soul, & reliance on God’s supernatural power.
Students will gain an understanding of the structure, writing styles, culture, and content of the Bible. This module is designed to equip students with necessary skills to study the Bible.
Biblical Life View
TED-style sessions where we repackage timeless biblical truths in a way that students understand and relate to. Covering topics such as worldview, discipleship, leadership, and service.
Heart of Leadership
Fellows will begin to understand biblical leadership principles that are crucial for any healthy leader. They will develop a picture of leadership, why leaders are different, and that leaders create the future.
Fellows will learn how to defend the authority and inspiration of the Bible. We will discuss how the Bible came about and why other documents are not included. We will think through difficult passages and wrestle with a foundational aspect of Christianity – The Bible.
Faith, Economics, and Poverty
Fellows will understand the complexities of impoverished cultures as related to the cycle of poverty & will be able to understand sustainable solutions to breaking the cycle. Fellows will discuss issues of global poverty through interaction with community leaders from developing countries, simulated poverty experiences, and classroom instruction on appropriate technologies. Emphasis will be placed on challenging them to think through sustainable approaches to breaking cycles of both economic and spiritual poverty.
God in the Dark
We introduce Fellows to a biblical understanding of doubt and how to think about their faith in such a way that leads to confidence in their even when they doubt.
Biblical Womanhood and Manhood
Fellows will grow in their understanding of what it means to live a biblical life in today’s culture.
Fellows will spend the academic week in the wilderness, experiencing the wonder and adventure of creation firsthand. In addition to backpacking, camping and rappelling, Fellows will also explore some primary spiritual disciplines through both instruction and practice. Fellows should come away with an understanding of the disciplines and a strategy for implementing them in their personal lives.
Students will begin preparing for the International Immersion with a course on Intercultural Studies focused on learning about God’s heart for the nations.
Fellows will understand the importance of their design as Christ- followers, & will demonstrate the essential elements of that design— the recovery of knowledge, the renovation of the soul, & reliance on God’s supernatural power.
Worldview II- Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration
Fellows will have basic theological & philosophical categories to begin thinking critically from a biblical worldview perspective regarding creation, fall, and redemption.
Worldview III- Knowledge of Reality and Reality of Knowledge
Fellows will be able to articulate the priority of ontology over epistemology and the implications of that logical order for a robust biblical worldview
Worldview IV- Dynamic Worldview Survey
Fellows will grow in their understanding and ability to evaluate worldviews that represent an increasingly pluralistic society. Some worldviews Fellows will be exposed to are Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern pantheistic monism, and New Age philosophies.
Spiritual Formation II – TrueFaced
Fellows will discover what it means to live in authentic Christian community by discussing biblical truth regarding individual identity, common obstacles to authenticity and key concepts such as grace and forgiveness. Fellows should come away from this week with a deeper understanding of community and a renewed desire both to live in and to offer an environment of grace.
Leadership | Kingdom Influence
Fellows will be introduced to the importance of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in order to be an effective leader.
The Morality of God
The New Atheists characterize the God of the Old Testament as undesirable and unworthy of worship. Are they right? Is God good and worthy to be praised? We will seek to better understand some difficult OT passages and then learn how to address difficult questions that may cause confusion.
Evidence for God’s Existence
Familiarity with and ability to articulate classical and contemporary philosophical & scientific arguments for God’s existence. Fellows will be able to apply these arguments winsomely in a conversational setting
Ethical Systems & Reasoning
Survey major ethical systems and thinkers, including deontology,
utilitarianism, situation ethics, virtue ethics and natural law.
Introduction to principles of critical thinking & logic and their importance for effecting God-glorifying cultural change.
Problem of Evil & Suffering
Define and demonstrate how the problem of evil is the most powerful argument against Christianity. Survey most popular versions, analyze assumptions and encourage Fellows to think critically in formulating responses.
Introduce Fellows to critically think through ethical issues with a Christian worldview. Some ethical issues we will address are abortion, reproductive technologies, genetics and cloning, and euthanasia.
Faith and Science
Introduce Fellows to naturalism and its implications for truth-bearing scientific projects, arguing for theistic science over against naturalist paradigms. Survey competing models of faith/science integration, with emphasis on an “interactionist” model. Intelligent design theory will be emphasized over against Darwinist/naturalist theory.
Most students own a Bible, but few understand how it came to be put together, how we know it is accurate, or how we know that the "right" books are in there. And then there are the issues of forged texts and alleged contradictions. When they encounter challenges on the Discovery Channel, in the classroom or on Youtube, they are often blindsided by the sophisticated challenges regarding a topic that is rarely addressed.
Marriage and Family
Introduce Fellows to critically think through ethical issues with a Christian worldview. Some ethical issues we will address are a Biblical view of sexual relationships, singleness, marriage, transgender, and homosexuality.
Christianity and Culture
How has Christianity influenced culture over the last 2000 years and how are Christians today influenced by the surrounding culture? Students will become aware of the rich history of Christians being salt and light in their culture. We will discuss ways we are currently being influenced by culture and how to whimsically draw culture to a flourishing life.
World Religions: Islam
Introduce Fellows to Muslim culture and beliefs. Discuss differences of belief systems, the importance of understanding Islam in the 21st century, and how to have significant spiritual conversations with people of the Muslim faith.
Introduce Fellows to culturally creative ways of engaging the world. They will utilize acquired tools from the year and think through influential tactics to engage culture in an active and winsome way.