|Employer||First Presbyterian Church|
|Location||Ann Arbor, MI|
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Resident Ministry Program gives talented seminary graduates the opportunity to make the transition from seminary to a lifetime of effective ministry and leadership in congregations Located in one of America’s premier university towns, First Presbyterian –Ann Arbor is a vital, growing church with approximately 2000 members. We are proud to claim this teaching ministry as a key part of our mission, and after years of support from the Lilly Endowment, our congregation enthusiastically committed to sustain the program ad has secured a substantial endowment for that purpose.
The Residency Program is designed to enhance the academic preparation of newly ordained graduates in powerful ways and ground them in the practice of ministry. From a core engagement in worship leadership, preaching, and pastoral care, residents explore other essential facets of ministry, with mentorship from senior staff, to develop their unique vocational interests and skills. Because the program is peer-based, it fosters reflective practice. Residents meet regularly as a group with the Program Director and Head of Staff to process challenges and develop strategies together and build a strengths-based sense of their pastoral identities. Having participated in all facets of the day-to-day life of a large and diverse congregation, residents leave First Pres. Ready to navigate the challenges of 21st century ministry in a wide variety of pastoral settings.
Residents serve two years in validated ministry positions, are compensated at appropriate levels, and participate in the benefits offered by the PCUSA Board of Pensions. During their second year, they receive careful advice and coaching so they are better prepared to respond to their next calls. Applications are due January 31, 2017. Forms and a more detailed description of the program are available at http://firstpresbyterian.org/about/more-about-church/residency-program . You may also download the brochure above for more details of the Residency Program.
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