The Ergon* Fellowship is a ten month programme designed to equip workplace disciples. The aim is to establish a small Christ-centred community whose understanding of God's word and mission for those in paid employment will transform their experience and impact as kingdom professionals. (*Ergon from the Greek for work or worker)
Monthly meetings are led by an exceptional range of leaders including Hugh Palmer, Chris Wright, Rico Tice, Jenny Brown, Melinda Hendry, David Turner, and John Wyatt. They will guide a group of 12 Fellows through the whole bible story alongside sessions on how we respond faithfully to issues like ambition, relating to our colleagues, workplace culture, rest and what is our calling.
The Ergon course is currently being led by Ross Hendry and Alice Hutchinson. Ross is CEO of Spurgeon’s Childrens Charity and has been a member of All Souls for over 25 years. Alice works as an Actuary at a global life insurance company and first joined All Souls as a Church Assistant in 2007.
The Ergon course is designed for those in the first third of their career (we expect candidates to be aged between 25-35 with at least two years employment experience) who want to apply deeper biblical thinking to their work and church-life.
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Feedback from previous Ergon Fellows
We are currently accepting applications for the 6th year of Ergon. Having asked our previous five years of Fellows for feedback on Ergon, here’s a selection of comments:
“I found it helpful to discuss all the different aspects of work with fellow Christians – not just ‘giving and evangelising’ which workplace ministry can sometimes be reduced to. There was serious teaching throughout, both in the videos and in our groups. And finally, the fellowship after the course ended has been great too!”
“To think out loud, to be encouraged or challenged by my brothers and sisters, and to seek advice from those who share the Christian faith was invaluable.”
“What I enjoyed most about Ergon were the insightful talks given by our two leaders and the speakers who led the different sessions. Over the year, I gained a greater appreciation for the reading too!”
“Ergon has made me realise that you can serve God in any workplace.”
“I have loved the fellowship at Ergon between workers in very varied jobs, it’s good hearing their joys and battles, as well as being able to pray for each other”
“Ergon has meant I pray more for work! I didn’t previously pray for specific situations or projects. I also care more deeply and less tightly about my work. I have been able to learn about the wonder of partnering with God in his world as I work, and I can take rest and trust him to carry on doing so!”
What will being an Ergon Fellow involve?
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The fellowship starts at the beginning of September and will finish at the beginning of June the following year. The course fee of £500 (tbc) will cover the costs of the two 24-hour retreats, Sunday lunches and set books and materials. Some grants/subsidies may be available for those who cannot afford this amount.
Fellows will be selected from applicants best able to demonstrate:
Commitment to their work
Ability to fulfil the responsibilities of the Fellowship
Fellowship Directors: Ross Hendry and Alice Hutchinson
Other contributors: External speakers and leading members of All Souls who will serve as mentors.
Ministry Team contact: Alastair Gledhill, Workplace Ministry Worker
Is Ergon right for me?
We provide the opportunities for each Ergon fellow to:
Develop a growing biblical understanding of work and rest which will build a strong foundation for the whole of the working life.
Be mentored from experienced workplace practitioners within the church family
Learn from experienced church leaders and Christians active in various spheres of the marketplace
Develop a biblical worldview which has depth and will promote sustainability
Engage in community-based learning
Prayerfully consider the work God has called you to and what this may mean for the future
Click here for an application form.
Please submit all applications to: Alastair Gledhill (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday 16th June 2019.
Interested in finding out more?
To find out more about Ergon email Ross Hendry: email@example.com