Murdock Discipleship Fellows Program


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 help oversee the SoulCare program by leading undergraduate Wesleyan small groups, and by training and mentoring upperclassmen to lead additional small 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 hours per week, and receive $16.00 per hour.

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 and 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. Priority application deadline is March 1, 2019. All applications are due by 5pm on April 15, 2019. Interviews will be conducted thereafter, and the new MDF cohort will be notified by May 15, 2019.


  • 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, 2019
  • 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 2019–20 Program Overview and Job Description.

How to Apply

Mailed or emailed applications for the 2019-2020 MDF program are due by 5 p.m. on April 15, 2019. Priority application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Submit printed application packet to:

Nate Hoover
School of Theology
3307 3rd Avenue West, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98119

Or submit via email to

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.


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