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Murdock Discipleship Fellows Program

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The Murdock Discipleship Fellows (MDF) program provides first-year seminarians an opportunity to receive valuable mentorship, training, and experience in Christian discipleship while investing in their own process of vocational discernment through a paid internship.

How MDF Works

Each academic year, four first-year Seattle Pacific Seminary students (ages 22–27) will be selected for the MDF program. Fellows organize and lead undergraduate small groups and will train and mentor upperclassmen to lead additional discipleship groups.

Fellows will also be involved in intentional exercises on vocational discernment, including readings, written reflections, and one-on-one mentoring, and will engage in thoughtful discussions with senior leaders from both within and outside the University. Fellows serve 15–20 hours per week, and receive a $600 monthly stipend in addition to full-tuition scholarships for THEO 6001 “Christian Formation in Discipleship” and THEO 6002 “Christian Formation in Mission” classes (a total of 4 credits).

MDF Program Distinctives

Young-adult seminarians with a passion for ministering to college students should apply for this program. As a Fellow, you will receive:

  • Training and leadership experiences related to developing a practical theology of discipleship to Jesus Christ
  • The opportunity to be involved in ministry while in the midst of seminary education, and to develop skills in pastoral care, discipleship, mentoring, leadership development, and program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • The opportunity to dialog with senior leaders from within SPU and the extended SPU network about the nature of vocation and calling
  • One-on-one mentoring with specific emphases on Christian spiritual formation and the discernment of one’s gifts, passions, and calling in ministry
  • An invitation to the annual Murdock “Vision & Call” retreat with other program participants from across the Pacific Northwest

Application Process and Timeline

Incoming SPS seminarians ages 22–27 are invited to apply for the MDF program. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Interviews will be conducted thereafter, and the new MDF cohort will be notified by mid-March.


  • A clear witness to a growing, vibrant faith in Christ Jesus
  • Prior acceptance into Seattle Pacific Seminary
  • Between the ages of 22 and 27 on September 1, 2014
  • Passion for ministry to college students
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of working well in a team setting
  • Reliable and diligent work ethic

Download the 2014–15 job description.

How to Apply

Mailed or emailed applications for the 2014-2015 MDF program are due by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2014. Please include:

  • Completed MDF application
  • 2 completed reference forms (1 personal and 1 from a pastor, professor, or employer) Forms should be submitted directly by the reference to the MDF Committee via one of the methods noted below.

Submit printed application packet to:

Kelsey Rorem
Center for Biblical and Theological Education
3307 3rd Avenue West, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98119

Or submit via email to

Program Adviser

Kelsey Rorem

Program Manager, Center for Biblical and Theological Education

Phone: 206-378-5415
Office: 303 W. Dravus

Murdock Discipleship Fellows

The Murdock Discipleship Fellows program is offered by Seattle Pacific Seminary and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education. The program is funded in part by a Vision and Call grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.