Learn. Grow. Lead.

Fairfax Fellows is a 12-month leadership development program for future pastors and church leaders located just outside Washington, D.C. at Fairfax Church. You’ll gain hands-on experience and be coached by some of the best church leaders in the country.  Wherever your talents lie, we want to journey with you as you learn and grow in your calling.


Anyone considering a career in vocational church ministry or leadership who is near the end or has recently completed his or her undergraduate degree. Fellows should be able to agree to and sign the Staff Covenant and Expectations document.


Fellows work 40 hours a week for their department under the supervision of a staff member and the Fellows Director. Fellows should be prepared with their own computer and transportation.


Fellows participate in weekly meetings designed to encourage personal and spiritual development through coaching, readings, and classes taught by pastors and leaders at Fairfax Church.

Salary & Benefits

Fellows are paid a bi-weekly salary and are given three weeks of paid vacation alongside the provided 11 holidays. Please note that Fellows will be expected to work all Christmas Eve and Easter services since these are the largest events in our calendar year.

As a Fairfax Fellow, you’ll gain hands-on experience in the ministry area of your choice.

Many of their tasks and responsibilities will be based on individual interests and the changing needs of the department.

Fairfax Kids

  • Receive hands-on experience with all facets of children’s ministry
  • Utilize creativity to edit and implement curriculum
  • Prepare fun and engaging weekend environments
  • Recruit, develop, and assist with the ongoing training of volunteers
  • Plan and implement events

Student Ministries

  • Lead a student ministries small group
  • Plan events and retreats
  • Lead from the platform according to his or her gifting
  • Communicate with small group leaders
  • Write and edit small group curriculum

Community Care

  • Offer pastoral care and relational support to leaders and congregation
  • Lend creativity and administrative skills for systems and events
  • Lead events for care groups and other care initiatives
  • Develop content for curriculum and promotions
  • Be available for services and evenings as needed

Local & Global Outreach

  • Receive hands-on experience in all facets of local and global outreach ministry here in Fairfax and around the world
  • Organize, lead and engage volunteers for local outreach projects and global impact trips.
  • Participate in local outreach with our partners; gain an understanding of Fairfax County systems of support and resources.
  • Assist in developing a huddle group of outreach ministry leaders.
  • Work with our communications team to develop creative social media and marketing platforms and sharing stories of impact


  • Curate content for social media channels, website, and print
  • Create strategies for campaigns—promotion, messaging, measuring success and goals
  • Track campaign/event performance metrics and report on opportunities for improvement
  • Build internal (staff) and external (members/vendors) professional relationships
  • Develop writing, photography, videography, or editing skills

Worship & Production

  • Contribute to social media and branding of Fairfax Worship
  • Lead worship on-platform twice a month (instrumentally and/or vocally)
  • Lead worship off-platform twice a month (this would mean serving in production on lights, monitors, ProPresenter, etc.)
  • Be a part of set list planning meetings if he/she is a worship leader
  • Help plan writing retreats

Interested? We're accepting new applicants to the Fairfax Fellows Program beginning early 2022.

If you have questions, contact us anytime.