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- Mailing Address: 1616 7th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001
District Fellows is a one-year ministry intensive designed to equip the next generation of church leaders. Fellows spend one year living in community in the heart of Washington, DC, and serving with The District Church family. This fellowship is perfect for people who are exploring a calling to ministry and want to learn more about the unique role of the local church in advancing God’s mission in the world. It is particularly suited for young adults who are high-capacity leaders and want to learn how to serve and lead in an urban multicultural context.
Fellows are trained in how to lead self, lead others, and lead teams. Each Fellow learns to serve and lead in a specific area of the church such as worship arts, outreach, small group discipleship, communications, children & youth ministry, or hospitality. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from experienced dynamic leaders throughout the year from all sectors of society.
The District Church was founded in 2010, by Pastors Aaron & Amy Graham in the heart of Washington, DC. Their vision has always been to train young Christian leaders who are committed to the cause of the local church. They are passionate about impacting this city and reaching the nations for Christ. The District Church has been featured in the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Time Magazine, and the major study and book Growing Young.
Applications for the 2018/2019 Fellows season is currently closed. However, we are accepting applications for the 2019/2020 season, which will begin late August 2019.
District Fellows live in the church ministry house, located two miles north of the National Mall and within walking distance of the Columbia Heights Sunday location.
As a discipleship fellow, you will have opportunities for one-on-one discipleship where you can pour into our congregation as we all grow closer to God together. You will have space to grow in management and leadership skills as you help oversee our small group ministry.
As an outreach fellow, you will play an integral part in moving the gospel beyond the walls of The District Church. You will maintain and grow our local partnerships across the District, form new relationships with emerging organizations, plan and execute opportunities for our congregation to take action in, and in response to the things happening in our world, lead relief trips where necessary. In your time as a Fellow you can expect to grow in relationship building, organizational partnerships, event planning, church mobilization, and community leadership.
In your role as the Worship Arts Fellow, you will play a significant role in our church's worship arts ministries. Opportunities to grow across creative roles include: choral, instrumental, Sunday morning worship, stage design, sound/lighting/crew, and creative writing. You will form new relationships with other artist in our church and grow in the artistic gifts that God has given you through one-on-one mentorship and active performance.
As TDC's Kids' City/Youth Fellow, you will have the opportunity to share the Gospel and lead a team to form a stronger kids' ministry to help bring up the next generation of Christians. This includes assisting with trainings, curriculum and special events for both families and volunteers. You will grown skills in team building and leadership, supporting our children/youth and families and providing a safe and fun environment.
As the TDC Hospitality Fellow, you will lead and support the team as they welcome newcomers and long-time church goers alike. You will have the opportunity to grown in team building, management and leadership skills. You will help foster a welcoming environment by setting up our Sunday morning space, spearhead newcomers dinners and by overseeing monthly events that help build a strong and welcoming community to those who join our church.
As a Communications Fellow, you will develop a wide range of new media, leadership & organizational skills. You will lead our social media and creative communication volunteer teams as they create new campaigns to support our church. You will also assist with multi-media production and content creation for placement on the church app and website.
District Fellows is best suited for people who are either preparing to enter or recently finished graduate school. District Fellows offers its own set of content and training and the time commitment does not easily allow for pursuing outside studies during the program.
This is a full-time fellowship with a time commitment of 35-40 hours a week. Fellows work every Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Fri, and a few Saturdays. Mondays are Sabbath. If you require part-time employment this can be considered on a case by case basis. Fellows are given 15 days vacation.
Fellows are expected to raise their own support to cover their living expenses, typically about $1,000 per month. The District Church covers the cost of housing and health insurance. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to support work visas.
We do offer a limited amount of scholarships and try to ensure that finances are never a barrier to those who sense a calling to serve with us. Those who receive scholarships are still expected to raise some support.
We are a non-denominational Christian church with Baptist roots. Our statement of faith can be found here, which is something we expect all of our leaders including our Fellows to affirm. We did a series in September 2017 called This I Believe which articulated how our beliefs are rooted the authority of the Bible and namely a strong belief in God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Already have experience in full-time ministry and sense a calling to church planting or pastoral ministry? Consider applying to serve as a Leadership Resident. The leadership resident is best suited for those who have 3-5 years of ministry experience and some level of graduate school training. If you are interested, please email for more information.
"District Fellows has given me the opportunity and environment to proactively explore and sharpen my focus on God's calling on my life toward public service. Through real world implementation, an engaging curriculum, and a supportive community I have been able to walk-into the identity I was created for." - Dennis J. Mahoney
"The District Fellows program was an incredibly formative process for me both personally and spiritually. The program created a space to explore my calling through both real world application and discipleship. I was encouraged and given the confidence to lead and trust God in areas unlike ever before. Through it all I was constantly being challenged to further develop/strengthen my own beliefs and relationship with God. The District Fellows Program was by no means easy, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything. For anyone who thinks they may be called to ministry, I would highly the District Fellows Program.” - Bryan Franklin
"The District Church and it's community were a crucial part of my discipleship and the discernment of my pastoral calling. Anyone who is interested in learning how to effect real change in their city would do well to work alongside this community." - Justin Henry
“Being a part of the District Fellows program has renewed and deepened my love for the local church and helped me to see it as God's chosen vessel for transformation at both individual and systemic levels. Through this program, the Lord is calling me to be a part of building his church as a spiritual family and as a training ground where people not only meet Christ, but also learn 'the unforced rhythms of grace,' in walking with him.” - Rebecca Adams