The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 35th year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between eight and ten fellows are selected into the program each year.
Sojourners’ Fellowship Program has an integrated focus on:
- Intentional Community: Fellows live together in Washington, D.C. and experience life as an intentional Christian community: sharing meals, a common budget, weekly house meetings, and communal prayer.
- Prayer and Discipleship: Sojourners’ fellows participate in weekly faith and justice seminars, monthly chapel services, and three community spiritual retreats.
- Work and Vocation: Fellows work full-time in the ministry of Sojourners. Each participant is placed in an entry-level position in one of our departments and is paired with a professional mentor.
Highlights of a Year Working with Sojourners: Fellows are fully integrated into the life of the Sojourners office. Fellows not only participate in department team meetings, but also take part in yearly office traditions such as our March chili-pong, which is a chili cookoff and ping-pong tournament. In addition to three fellow program retreats, fellows also participate in the annual staff retreat and annual orientation, as well as staff diversity and inclusion trainings.
Through a partnership that Sojourners has with the Festival Center, fellows can take classes at Soteria, which provides accessible theological and political education. Past classes have included Writing Workshops, Understanding Intersectionality, and DC in 1968: Politics and Protest. In 2019, fellows will visit a Bruderhof community in order to learn from an influential and global network of intentional communities. Fellows help staff lead actions, vigils, and protests. They have the opportunity to write for our online platform and magazine, and to help lead our yearly Summit. In short, fellows are Sojourners.
Application Qualifications: The program is open to anyone 21 years or older (you must have a U.S. Social Security number). Married couples are welcome in the community, but both individuals must apply and be accepted into the program. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Fellows must commit to serve the entire program year.
Compensation: Sojourners pays all expenses relating to housing, meals, commuting, and health insurance for the community. Each individual also receives a $175 monthly stipend, as well as $200 upon successful completion of the program.
How to apply: Complete the application online or download and fill out the Word version and return to Sojourners. The application has four parts. Only completed application packets will be considered.
- Individual application
- Personal Essay
- Resume (cover letter is not needed)
- Three (3) Recommendation Forms: peer reference, clergy/faith leader reference, and employer reference.
Review and Acceptance: The selection process includes a review of your application by staff members, a phone interview and an offer of a specific position in the program. Applicants will be notified by late April. The 2019-2020 program runs from August 12, 2019 through August 7, 2020.
The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 cohort has now passed. Check back in October 2019!