Attend this informational meeting to hear more about the Leaf Fellowship, coming to Greenville in September 2019.
One of the best ways we can make an impact in Greenville’s future is to cultivate leaders across the full range of vocational sectors. Beginning this fall, Leaf Institute is partnering with the Gotham Fellowship to provide an intensive, top tier training program in theological, spiritual and relational formation. Founded ten years ago by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, the Gotham program has invested in hundreds of early and mid-career leaders in New York, and is being launched in city contexts around the country, and globally around the world.
Our local expression of the Gotham program will be called Leaf Fellowship, taking a uniquely Greenville-focused perspective, with intentional connecting points to our city’s history, place and culture. Leaf Fellowship integrates three primary elements to further the social, cultural and spiritual renewal of our city:
At the core of our program is the commitment to consider how the gospel impacts every area of life. We develop a worldview that draws from the deep resources of classic theology, especially of the Reformed tradition, and is sufficiently robust to engage the questions that arise in a city like Greenville.
SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Leaf Fellowship fosters personal, spiritual, and professional development through daily devotions and relationships with local pastoral leaders and mentors.
Our fellows are a community of peers, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, who are committed to each others’ spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.
The Leaf Fellowship is a nine-month program (similar to an executive education program) for up to 34 adults who are employed full-time in Upstate South Carolina and have at least two years of working experience. Our typical class will comprise 50% men and 50% women working in fields including, but not limited to, law, finance, education, government, non-profit, design, medicine, and the arts.
The Fellowship begins in early September 2019 and finishes in May 2020. During these nine months, the Fellows meet two hours a week to discuss the extensive weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training, local guest speakers, and city excursions. Three retreats (fall, winter, and spring) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.