IDLF hosts an Eighth Grade Fellows Program during the spring semester (February to May) of each school year.
Classes consist of a maximum of 25 students, which meet twelve times (Sunday nights from 5:30-7:30pm) over the course of the semester.
The two-hour sessions discuss what it means to be an image-bearer of God in today’s world–from our identity, to the power of social media, to issues of body image, gender, and race, to name a few topics. The sessions also explore images, media worldviews, and history that omits, misrepresents, distorts and/or undermines the essentials of the Christian faith, as well as the images, media, and history that accurately presents the Gospel and the importance of loving others as fellow image-bearers. The In Whose Image? e-textbook serves as a powerful resource for these critical teachings.
The Fellows Program culminates with a weeklong leadership retreat to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. Students also participate in a graduation ceremony and reception after the leadership retreat.
As IDLF Fellows, students get to know one another and wrestle with the important cultural issues of our day, our prayer is that they will begin to understand each other’s backgrounds and perspectives to better equip them to be a light for Jesus in their respective schools.