Gotham in Chattanooga
The Gotham Program is an intensive, extended educational experience originally developed by the Center for Faith & Work in New York City, and now available through the Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work (CIFW).
In February of 2017 the CIFW was created to provide the theological, spiritual, and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work.
“Gotham is neither a Bible Study nor Executive Education, but somehow it is both. It is the single best way I have seen to apply the Gospel to your work life in a disciplined fashion over a period of ten months, I watched several cohorts experience Gotham in New York City and saw first hand the change individuals experienced in both their professional and personal lives. Gotham offers Biblical truth in a close community applied to your work; it is transformational.
— Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church
THE GOTHAM PROGRAM
Gospel-Centered Theological Training: 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 the Reformed tradition but will be facilitated in an intentionally ecumenical way. It is sufficiently robust to engage the diverse and complex culture of Chattanooga.
Spiritual and Personal Development: The Gotham Program fosters personal, spiritual, and professional development through daily devotions, intense study, and relationships with facilitators and mentors.
Community Formation: Gotham provides 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 through a renewed integration of faith and work.
The Gotham Program is a nine-month program (similar to an Executive Education program) for mid- to high-level leaders who are employed full-time in Chattanooga and have three to 30 years of working experience. Our classes are targeted to be fifty percent men and fifty percent women between the ages of 25 and 65 working in various fields including law, music, education, government, nonprofit, design, medicine, and small businesses. Participants in the program should have at least 3 years of work experience in any industry. The Gotham Program utilizes diverse pedagogical methods to create a learning community of committed leaders with a passion for cultural renewal:
- An integrated curriculum on theology, worldview, and faith and work
- Prominent guest lecturers
- Group discussions and collaborative learning
- Guided devotional and spiritual formation
- Relationships with seasoned Christians active in the various spheres in the marketplace
- Cultural and artistic events in the Chattanooga area
“Each year I meet a number of extraordinary ... people who are experiencing the transforming power of the gospel personally and hunger for intensive theological training, mentoring and peer support to become effective instruments of Christ’s power to renew our culture. We’ve been praying for the leadership and congregational support of this Fellows Program for a long time.
— Dr. Timothy Keller, Center for Faith & Work Founder
The Program runs from August through May. During these nine months the Participants 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. Occasional monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. Three retreats (weekends in August, mid-winter, and May) focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.
Tuition cost for the 2018-19 year is $895.
Applications for the 2018-2019 year will be accepted starting March 1 for cohorts beginning the following August. Priority admission will be given to applications who apply by April 30. Applications will accepted on a rolling basis after April 30 for the remaining spaces.
Participants will be selected by an admissions committee from applicants who best demonstrate:
- Commitment to Chattanooga
- Desire to grow spiritually
- Ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the program
- Leadership potential
Benefits to the Participant
- Establish solid theological foundations from teachings, readings, and group discussions.
- Cultivate spiritual disciplines and Biblical reflection through guided daily devotionals.
- Reflect and converse about real-life experiences of living and working in Chattanooga.
- Build strong relationships within the Program and across Chattanooga Christian community.
- Increase Gospel worldview depth and sustainability.
- Develop a defined sense of mission for your career.
- Developing a strategy for cultural renewal.
- Learn from experienced Christian leaders.
- Gain exposure to the arts, cultural events, and mercy/justice outreach.
- Develop relationships with participants, mentors, and speakers.