Meadowkirk at Delta Farm is launching a first-of-its-kind Fellows program that will offer new college graduates and seminary students the opportunity to participate in key facets of a distinctive retreat center-based ministry focused on sharing the life-giving experience and message of true rest in Christ.
Located amid the picturesque horse country of historic Middleburg, Virginia – just an hour’s drive from Washington, DC – Meadowkirk is near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spans nearly 360 acres of rolling meadows and wood, majestic rock outcroppings and the winding Goose Creek waterway.
Meadowkirk provides a rich array of retreat amenities, practices and content to churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits and others, helping them to enjoy greater spiritual and physical wholeness, and deeper community and worship.
This new, 11-month (mid-August training – June) immersion program combines:
paid on-campus internship opportunities across Meadowkirk’s entire ministry, including hospitality and event hosting, retreat content and worship planning, finance, communications and marketing, facilities, and general administration
off-campus service learning with well-known program partners
themed coursework and Bible study
a concluding late-June/early July Israel study tour
participation in the abundent ‘life together’ of an onsite Fellows and staff community defined by biblical principles, prayer and worship
The Fellows program is intended to:
help enable a season of personal spiritual formation, pointing each participant to a deeper reliance on, and resting in, Christ
provide Fellows an important opportunity to explore their individual vocation and calling – including how the practical application of what the Bible says about spiritual and physical rest can shape their lives in the workplace, church, family and broader community
invite participants into an idyllic retreat center’s distinctive path of discipleship – equipping them to share and model a vital biblical message as they go back out to engage a restless culture with the hope of the Gospel
Meadowkirk has partnered with a variety of regional organizations to develop compelling, hands-on service learning and themed study opportunities – to enrich the Fellows experience and help extend the missions of our partners.
Jill’s House (www.jillshouse.org) – participate in the work of a leading national nonprofit dedicated to providing respite to families raising children with intellectual disabilities – through Jill’s House events at Meadowkirk and onsite externship days at Jill’s House
Holy Trinity Church (www.htc.us) – gain further learning and share in the practical application of Christian rest-related teaching in a dynamic faith community setting
CS Lewis Institute (www.cslewisinstitute.org) – goal of linking with the Institute’s own well-known Fellows program in ongoing studies, including opportunities for examining key themes of biblical rest
Passages (www.passagesisrael.org) – encounter the program’s biblical roots firsthand through a special Israel study tour: Sponsored by the Philos Project and the Museum of the Bible Foundation, Passages offers Christian college students with leadership potential a fresh and innovative approach to experiencing the Holy Land. Click here for more.
Fellows receive onsite lodging at no cost, as well as a monthly internship stipend.
Upon admission to the program, applicants provide a $350 deposit toward the total cost of the Fellows program, which includes tuition and required books, periodic on-campus meals together, program-related transportation and other program costs. A subsequent, final payment of $500 is due October 1st.
All Fellows are placed in paid Meadowkirk internships (earnings are used at the discretion of each program participant). Workweeks will generally average 35-40 hours and involve some flexibility based on Meadowkirk’s retreat guest calendar and overall operating requirements (for example, Monday-Friday and Wednesday-Sunday workweek rotations)
Meadowkirk provides a stipend to cover the cost of the Israel study tour
Fellows are responsible for their own car and health insurance
- Fellows will join other Meadowkirk staff in receiving holiday time-off, as well as a break between Christmas and the New Year (Dec. 21-Jan. 2)
Admissions / Who Should Apply
The Meadowkirk Fellows Program is intended for new college graduates from an accredited college or university, or who are enrolled in an accredited seminary program. The program is ecumenical, seeking a diverse pool of applicants with a strong Christian faith commitment and the desire to grow in deeper relationship and reliance upon our Lord while helping to serve Meadowkirk’s largely adult population of retreat participants.
Fellows will generally be ages 21-26, and will not be married or have children; Meadowkirk encourages international applicants eligible to work in the U.S.
For our 2017-18 inaugural year, Meadowkirk plans to accept a limited ‘launch cohort’ of up to two initial Fellows. These individuals will have the exciting opportunity to help refine the program while participating in its blessings and responsibilities.
While the Fellows program is not limited to those with specific prior experience, examples of work areas, skills and culture that might resonate strongly with candidates include:
- Business and finance (for example, supporting our bookkeeping, strategic planning, marketing functions)
- Cooking, maintenance/construction, music
- Farm-to-table and small-scale agriculture activity focused on biblical stewardship principles
- A dynamic, hands-on, enterprising environment
- The intersections of faith and work, and what it means to find true rest in a driven, 24/7 culture
For many Fellows, the program will be an important opportunity for discerning their future vocation and calling as they serve, live and learn in a unique Christian community setting.
Process: Request and complete application for Meadowkirk admissions team review; phone and/or in-person interview; 3 personal and pastoral references.
April 30, 2018 Fall 2018 admissions deadline
February 16, 2018 Acceptance notifications begin
For questions about the Meadowkirk Fellows program, or to request an application, please contact Timothy Sipols, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.