The Standard on Brazos Fellows

The Standard, “an independent conservative student newspaper” is an exciting new journalistic endeavor at Baylor University. In the December issue, Cara Hoekstra writes up a helpful, well-rounded introduction to Brazos Fellows:

So what’s next? What are your plans after graduation? Questions like these have always provoked fear and anxiety among college students, but the challenges of COVID have made them even more urgent. This is where fellowships and other post-graduation opportunities can help transform young people into better human beings.

To provide an inside look at Brazos Fellows, Cara interviewed our Director, Paul Gutacker, as well as a member of the 2020-2021 cohort, Tiffany Owens:

For current fellow Tiffany Owens, Brazos Fellows has been a valuable time to discern vocation and calling. Tiffany was at first drawn to the idea of taking the time to study theology and to think about some of the bigger questions in life. Over the course of the program, though, she has found its most valuable aspects to be the spiritual direction and life coaching, as well as the intentional cultivation of spiritual practices. The interweaving of prayer and communal worship with everyday life has helped her reorient life toward larger existential questions and the development of virtue. According to Tiffany, Brazos Fellows can be summed up as “nine-months to pause to re-examine your assumptions, to re-examine your beliefs.” It is also a time to discover great Christian examples and mentors and to grow in a multitude of ways: spiritually, intellectually, and morally.

Head over to The Standard to read the whole thing–and be sure to check out the other articles in the December issue.

Podcast: Lifelong Habits of Discipleship

How do you form lifelong habits of discipleship? Brazos Fellows Director Paul Gutacker joins Oliver Hersey on the Transforming Discipleship podcast for a conversation about the fellowship–and bigger questions about discipleship, forming communities of Christian practice, what makes a good mentor, and more:

“There’s nothing magical about it. There’s nothing formulaic about it. Let’s commit to prayer together. Let’s share life together.”

Be sure to check out Transforming Discipleship, hosted on SmallGroups.com for more great conversations about discipleship ministry in the church today.

Reimagining a History PhD

Over at The Anxious Bench, Paul reflects on how rewarding it is to work, as a trained historian, with the Brazos Fellows–and what he’s learned from them about how to think of his own scholarly calling:

As the Brazos Fellows often remind me, a Christian view of vocation teaches us that our identity is not found in our C.V., our job title, our productivity, or our prestige, but fully and fundamentally grounded in Christ. This is a truth that frees all Christians to hear and respond to God’s call—and a truth that frees up us historians to more creatively imagine and embark on our work in the rapidly changing world of higher education.

Read the rest here.