First Baptist Greenville’s Pastoral Residency Program

It is always hoped that a person who has just finished formal theological education will be able to put that knowledge into practice in the context of ministering to one’s first congregation, creating a positive, transformative experience for both the new pastor and the congregation. However, it is sometimes an unspoken and unintentional journey that doesn’t formally celebrate and support such a growth process. In addition, a gifted seminary graduate often finds that his or her practical ministry experiences do not match the needs of churches seeking to fill pastoral staff vacancies.

First Baptist Greenville’s Pastoral Residency Program is designed to address both of these challenges in a two-year Residency Program for recent seminary and divinity school graduates. The Residency will provide an intentional supervised ministry experience. Over the course of two years, the pastoral resident will engage in various responsibilities and educational opportunities that will expand the resident’s knowledge and skills, as well as deepen their sense of pastoral identity and authority.

Our congregation has a rich and diverse history of formal theological education and of nurturing practical ministry exploration and formation. Over many years we have hosted interns representing a variety of ministry areas including pastoral interns, youth and children program interns, and music interns. We celebrate this diversity and expect to continue many of these programs. However, we now have new energy and commitment to the deeper investment in pastoral education and formation that our Pastoral Residency Program represents. We will welcome our first resident in mid-2018 and our second resident in mid-2019.

The Ministry Education and Formation Committee is seeking a recent seminary graduate to serve as pastoral resident. The pastoral residency program offers an exciting opportunity for the resident to gain invaluable pastoral experience in collaboration with our innovative pastoral staff and a “teaching congregation.” Over the course of two years the pastoral resident will engage in various responsibilities and educational opportunities that will expand the resident’s knowledge and skills, as well as deepen their sense of pastoral identity and authority. We anticipate the resident beginning in June 2018. The position is salaried and with benefits.

Potential candidates should go to https://firstbaptistgreenville.com/pastoral-residency-program/ for more information and an application.

— Ministry Education and Formation Committee