2019 CCSC Vocation Project

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The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) is proud to sponsor a Vocation Project, held at Regent College (RC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, which provides scholarship money to member study center students and other qualified applicants to supply two weeks’ full audit tuition (one “one audit” course per week), a food stipend, and lodging at Regent College’s famous Summer School. The recipients also participate in at least two discussion meetings per week on the subject of vocation with the Consortium’s Executive Director, Drew Trotter, and take part in a number of other group opportunities, such as a Bard on the Beach presentation of a Shakespearean play, hikes in the spectacular forests surrounding Vancouver, and a number of private meals with Regent professors and Summer School visiting professors like Steve Garber, President Jeff Greenman, and George Marsden. At the end of their time, the scholarship students write essays evaluating the program. The dates for this year’s Vocation Project are Sunday, July 14, through Saturday, July 27, 2019.

Past essays are uniformly positive in their praise of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a given that the classes at Regent College are some of the best one can find in the world for delving into a Biblical view of life and thought, and students regularly praise the courses they take there.

What is surprising for many is how engaging the other parts of the Vocation Project are. One participant, a graduate student in English literature wrote: “My experience as a participant in the CCSC Vocation Project was richer and fuller than I ever expected. First, the scholarship significantly eased the financial cost of taking courses at Regent, courses that allowed me to read and discuss novels and poetry at a high academic level among fellow believers, a rare gift of an opportunity. Within that environment, the Project was a microclimate that flourished at the intersection of the intellectual, spiritual, and communal. Drew and Marie [Trotter, the mentors of the Project] fostered the group’s bond through meetings, hikes, outings, and shared meals, and our relationships spilled over from these more formally organized events into our own time. In the short span of two weeks, the conversations I had with my fellow participants were deep, wide-ranging, provocative, and stimulating. That time shimmered even as I was in it. The grace of it all was apparent, I believe, to all of us there.”

An undergraduate at the University of Virginia summarized her time this way: “The greatest challenge in reflecting upon my time with the CCSC project is articulating the depth of gratitude and transformation I feel in the wake of my experience…Outside of the classroom, I learned nearly as much in the conversations which unfolded with fellow students in the margins of class time, over coffee breaks, around the chapel, and especially doing life with the other cohort members. With so many different perspectives, each conversation was rich with complexity and insights of Truth which I never would have arrived at alone. It was a humbling reminder of the gracious gift community is and how vital personal formation within community is to a life of faith.”

Another recent graduate, headed to graduate school, had this to say: “Personally, I had never experienced Christian fellowship where community and intellectual life weaved seamlessly into each other with such ease and mutual affection. Hikes and meals punctuated conversations about Western philosophy and theology, Christianity and capitalism, race and evangelicalism, and much, much more. I had never been a part of a community of believers in this way, where intellectual acuity could give way to candid uncertainty and heady conversation could end in laughter.”

The Vocation Project has many advantages for the student, Study Center staff member, or other qualified applicant. First, Regent College’s Summer School offerings have always provided the best of both American, British, and Continental evangelical scholarship in the persons of the teachers they bring in from every part of the globe. Among this year’s lecturers will be N.T. Wright, Andy Crouch, Amy Sherman, Barbara Armacost, Ralph Wood, and the list goes on and on. Secondly, the recipient is exposed to people who come from all over the world to take Regent’s courses. Last summer six continents were represented among Regent’s students. In an environment not only of classes, but also of open lectures, panel discussions, film showings, and artistic performances, Regent provides an environment of learning that never ceases to be stimulating.

The Project’s added opportunities contribute an invigorating environment to discuss the subjects the recipients are studying and how one integrates those with their courses of study and/or vocational life goals. Meals at fine restaurants and walks in lush canyons together, as well as discussions of vocation, decision making, art and culture, and a plethora of other topics offer times of learning and reflection that can be life changing.

You may even encounter a surprise kayaking event or two… Click here to see a video shot by Drew Trotter on the 2016 group’s hike in Laurel Canyon.

For a complete description of the program, including information about the policies and regulations associated with the scholarship, click on the following link to download: CCSC Vocation Project Description.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, fill out the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact the CCSC Vocation Project Registrar by email at [email protected] or by phone at 434.296.3333.

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