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.
Applying for our Pastoral Residency Program
Applications should be submitted no later than February 18, 2018. We anticipate the resident beginning in June 2018, for a total of two years. The position is salaried and with benefits; as this employment is full-time, not an internship.
To apply, you will need to submit a current resume and respond to the questions included in the application in a separate document to to Mary Carol Anderson, Subject: Pastoral Residency Program.