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HELM Leadership Fellows Selection Process Begins


2013 HELM Leadership Fellows

Applications closed April 16 for the 2014 class of HELM Leadership Fellows.  Applications from first year college students from across the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be evaluated and six new fellows will be chosen.   Fellows are selected by a committee that includes HELM staff and three other Disciples leaders.  The committee considers applicants without knowing their identities. New fellows will be notified of their selection by the end of May.

Now entering its 14th year, the Leadership Fellows Program has been redesigned to respond to the rapidly changing context for Christian leadership. Leadership Fellows will now be given the opportunity to engage directly the ministry of emerging and renewing local Christian communities across North America with the guidance of expert coaches and mentors. They share what they learn with each other during annual conferences, and get to meet with the most creative and faithful leaders from across the whole church and continue in relationship with each other and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ for four years.

HELM Leadership Fellows also receive a $2000 educational grant during their second, third, and fourth years of undergraduate work and fellows entering since 2013 will also have the opportunity to develop individual projects and opportunities during their first year after college.

Over 90 young Disciples leaders have been fellows over the past 13 years. The program includes Hispanic, Asian, African-American, and Anglo Disciples. Graduates include not only ministers and church leaders but accountants, engineers, social workers, artists, musicians, and people who work in fashion design and media development. What they all have in common is a commitment to God and to creating faithful Christian communities. To learn more about the program and see current and former HELM Leadership Fellows go to:

To apply to be a HELM Leadership Fellow the applicant must:

  • Be a member of a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Be currently completing his/her first year of full-time undergraduate study at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (or studying at a two-year college and preparing to transfer to a four-year institution).
  • Agree to participate in the required activities of the program, including the annual conference

HELM encourages applicants from colleges and universities related to The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to apply, but welcomes students from all accredited colleges and universities.

Students who are currently high school seniors should consider applying next year to join the 2015 class of fellows. The application deadline for next year will be April 15, 2015.  Application packets will be available on this web site in November 2014.

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