Thank you for your interest in applying to become a Waddel Fellowship Host Congregation or Host Non-Profit Organization for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please read the following directions carefully.
All applications are due by midnight on April 15, 2017.
Please submit one application per position. If you are requesting multiple Waddel Fellows, then you will need to submit multiple applications.
The Waddel Fellowship is a vocational discernment project developed through the Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Georgia in cooperation with the congregations of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, students at the University of Georgia, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Alabama (Bama UKirk), and Columbia Theological Seminary. The goals of the Waddel Fellowship are to encourage undergraduate students at the University of Georgia to explore calls to Christian ministry, to consider the relationship between faith and vocation, and to prepare for various types of leadership in the church. These goals will be achieved by placing students in leadership positions in congregations, building a support network around them that includes both individual attention and community gatherings, assisting participants in visiting seminaries, and holding an annual vocational weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary.
The program is directed by the Campus Minister and the Waddel Fellowship Committee, which is appointed by the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Inc.
The cornerstone of this program is the Waddel Fellows (up to 12 per year), who will be sent into nearby congregations to work, to lead, and to participate in the life of those congregations. Fellows are asked to commit three hours each week during approximately 25 weeks of the fall and spring semesters (not during breaks, holidays, etc.). They would spend approximately 75 hours during the course of the academic year with a congregation. Working with the Fellow and the congregation, the placements will be specialized based on the needs of the congregation and the interests of the students. Each student will receive a $600 stipend from the Waddel Fellowship for their participation.
Waddel Fellows are required to attend a retreat on the weekend of Feb. 2-4, 2018. Otherwise, they are available for scheduled hours during the fall 2017 semester from Aug. 14-Nov. 17 and Nov. 27-Dec. 5 and during the spring 2018 semester from Jan. 4-Mar. 9 and Mar. 19-Apr. 25 (spring semester calendar subject to change with UGA's academic calendar). Waddel Fellows are not permitted to work in congregations during UGA final exams, reading day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, or Spring Break. They are expected to work approximately 25 weeks.
The Waddel Fellowship Committee believes that the students' primary objective is to study, and that this program should not hinder their studies. We believe that 3 hours/week and 25 weeks is a balance that can benefit the student and the congregation while furthering the goals of the program. If a congregation and a student agree to add hours and payment above and beyond what is required by the Waddel Fellowship, then the Waddel Fellowship Committee would need to receive the details of that agreement in writing.
If you have any questions, then please email Andy Cooke, Campus Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to a great class for the Waddel Fellowship and we hope to receive your application soon!