RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP

Two homes, twelve residents, and seven months to explore some of life’s big questions.

The Residential Fellowship is a truly life-changing experience.

What’s it about

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The Residential Fellowship is a seven-month study programme for people who long for a deeper understanding of God, the world, and themselves, and who want to serve and lead in their communities.

Fellows live together in two beautiful homes at Cape Horn in Hillsborough, Auckland. The residential community is an environment
 to foster personal formation. Many fellows develop long-lasting friendships during the programme.

WHY DO IT?

Venn’s Residential Fellowship provides a unique context for exploring the big question: How do I live wisely in twenty-first century Aotearoa, New Zealand? In a stunning setting and guided by a world-class team, Residential Fellows are given an opportunity to wrestle with this question and find answers.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The fellowship is for young adults (20-30 year olds) who have shown a commitment to deepening their understanding about God, the world, and themselves, who have a capacity for leadership and service, and who have demonstrated academic ability. The application process is competitive.

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and churches who are committed to learning alongside others.

SOME OF THE PERKS

  • Join a community of engaging and thoughtful people
  • Join a network of leaders, businesspeople, creatives, and professionals from all sectors
  • Develop personal, professional, and community skills
  • Devote seven months to learning, thinking, and growing in a small group
  • Study under world-class educators
  • Form lifelong friendships
Interested? We’d love to meet you for a coffee and talk further.

CURRICULUM

TEACHING CURRICULUM

Fellows explore how to live a wise life through a range of subjects. We look at theology, history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, and music. Fellows have the opportunity to engage in cultural experiences, field trips, and to attend the Venn Summer Conference.

Small classes of 10 to 12 fellows allow 
for free enquiry, discussion, and creative expression. Learning is active. Fellows are encouraged to interact with the teaching staff and with one another to form their own views.

The various elements of the programme help fellows develop their own answer to the big question: How do I live wisely in twenty-first century Aotearoa, New Zealand?

MODULAR STRUCTURE

The teaching curriculum is broken into four modules underpinned by a Christian vision for life.

The modular approach allows for flexibility. Candidates who are unable to commit to the full programme can apply to do Modules I and II only. We strongly encourage applicants to do the full fellowship, and we give preference to those who apply for the full seven-month programme.

During Module III, each fellow spends
 10 weeks on a placement, working on
 a project, or at an organisation. This provides fellows with an opportunity to reflect on their learning from Modules I and II, to develop an area of interest or explore working in a particular field, and to develop their capacity for service.

TEACHERS

Venn Foundation is home to a number of teachers, creatives, and thinkers, each of whom are drawing from a deep well of study and experience. The core teaching team for the Residential Fellowship consists of Nathan McLellan, Luke Fenwick, and Sam and Julia Bloore.

NATHAN MCLELLAN

Venn CEO & Senior Teaching Fellow

Nathan is motivated by a deep desire to see people encounter the depth and richness of the Christian faith and to live this out. He worked as an economist for six years at the New Zealand Treasury, before moving to Vancouver with his wife Bronwyn to study theology at Regent College. He has also worked as a consultant to businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

During his time at Regent, Nathan joined the Marketplace Institute, where he started and led a residential internship and contributed to the development of other programmes, including ReFrame – a course designed to help people integrate their Christian faith and life. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Christian Ethics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

In 2015, Nathan became Venn Foundation’s CEO. Nathan and Bronwyn now live in Auckland with their two energetic boys, Jonathan and Caleb, who are slowly losing their American accents!

SAM & JULIA BLOORE

Residential Hosts

Sam is deeply passionate about the intersection of faith and culture, in particular how individuals establish and enhance 
a personal spirituality that is stable and sustainable. Sam grew up in Dargaville, 
and after graduating from medicine and bioethics at Otago University, worked as a doctor for five years in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry.

In 2002, he began a gradual career change, and over the next few years Sam joined the staff of his local church 
and completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He is now working towards a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Julia spent her childhood in Mosgiel and Christchurch and developed a love for acting and communication. After completing a degree in Film and Television Studies, she was selected as one of the founding hosts for TV3’s new afternoon kids show – Sticky TV. Five years later, Julia moved on to create and host two further shows, and in 2010 
she started a network for those working 
in media to help them integrate their life, faith, and vocation.

Alongside raising a family, Julia is studying for a post-graduate degree in Counselling. Sam and Julia are committed to developing the conversations and community practices that provide opportunities for growth. They have three young children: Eden, Benjamin, and Sophia.

LUKE FENWICK

Senior Teaching Fellow

Luke is committed to a life of learning and inquiry as a teacher and as a student. He is currently writing about resistance and conformity in Nazi Germany, and how we might think about them theologically and existentially.

Luke grew up in Christchurch and completed his undergraduate degree in Classics and History at the University of Canterbury. He went on to read German history at University College, Oxford, where he took a doctorate in 2011. Since then, Luke has worked with policy and tertiary institutions in London, Washington D.C., Moscow, and Auckland.

Throughout this time Luke played more than 20 years of competitive rugby. Sport remains an interest, as do classical music and foreign movies. He is married to the fabulous Olivia and together they live in Auckland.

“CAPE HORN IS THIS PEACEFUL, BEAUTIFUL PLACE; THE PERFECT PLACE TO WRESTLE WITH BIG QUESTIONS ALONGSIDE AWESOME PEOPLE.”

PRACTICAL DETAILS

COST*

The cost per fellow is approximately $25,000 for the seven and a half months, and $15,000 for Modules I and II. This includes accommodation and food. As a charity, all of this cost must be raised from our generous supporters. Thus, we invite fellows to contribute up to 50%* of that cost, seeking donations from friends and family.

However, our commitment is that finance not be a barrier to attendance and this is why we invite donations, rather than charging fees. Please contact us before allowing lack of funds to discourage you from applying.

*Please note this contribution structure applies to Australasian applicants only. If you are an international applicant, please contact us for cost details.

LOCATION

Hillsborough, Auckland

APPLICATION TIMELINE

The application has three stages.
The first stage is a written application. The second stage is an interview.

  • 1

    Written Application
    Submitted online

  • 2

    Interview
    Selected applicants will be invited for an interview

  • 3

    Offer
    Successful applicants will be offered a place on the fellowship

APPLICATION NOTIFICATIONS

We recognise that some applicants require early notice of their acceptance in order to apply for leave from work or study. To meet this need, we have a two-round application deadline and a rolling admission.

  • A |

    Apply before March 30 
    We’ll notify you by April 30

  • B |

    Apply before August 1
    We’ll notify you by September 1

  • C |

    Apply after August 1
    (If space permits) Rolling