Wesleyan Fellows Program

Seminary Training in Ministry for a Life of Ministry


What is the Wesleyan Fellows Program?

We believe there is a wave of reformation in theological education on the horizon. Students not only need to be trained for ministry, but also in ministry.

The Wesleyan Fellows Program is a two-year residency experience built around a theology-in-practice model. 

This in-ministry Fellows Program equips future leaders of the church by offering two years of practical training within a local church as well as 42 credits toward a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary via their Memphis campus.

What is the structure of the Wesleyan Fellows Program?

Christ Church Memphis has established a two-year fellows program where students work in a ministry area of interest while taking eight classes each year for two years. In addition, there is a monthly two-hour gathering of the fellows cohort led by the program director. This gives students exposure to ministry leaders in the church and a chance to process theology and practice.

If selected, what does a Wesleyan Fellow receive?

  • Full-tuition scholarship at Asbury-Memphis

  • $1,400 stipend a month

Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship at Asbury-Memphis and a stipend of $1,400 a month. Students are required to take all the classes and work within a church, or approved outside for-profit, for 20 hours a week. We will work with selected students to determine the form their ministry takes based on interest and need.

Students will be eligible for financial aid to take additional online courses at Asbury Seminary Online or assist with living expenses. Students can supplement income by raising additional support or working part-time.

Where would one serve?

  • Christ Church Memphis

Students will serve on staff at Christ Church in a variety of areas including: Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, College Ministry, Congregational Care, Local Missions, International Missions, Worship and Adult Discipleship. It depends on your area of focus and the need within the church. This is a unique opportunity to serve within an established church with outstanding ministry leaders.

How many students will be accepted?

This is a highly selective Fellowship. We are looking for two students a year. The ideal student is discerning his or her call to ministry as well as a self-starter interested in pioneering this new program.


  1. Undergraduate degree at an accredited university or college

  2. Commitment to the Wesleyan Fellows Program for two years

  3. Desire to apply learning to a ministry context by working 20 hours a week in local church

Next Steps:

  1. Submit application for the Wesleyan Fellows Program, answering brief questions on why you are interested in the Fellows Program.

  2. Interview with the selection team.

If you have additional questions, contact Scott Lees, (901) 598-7281.