The program has a threefold emphasis: pastoral, congregational and academic.
The pastoral emphasis includes two five-month rotations during the first year in the areas of pastoral care and mission. During the second year of the program, residents design their own rotations in an area or areas of special interest. The Pastoral emphasis of this residency program focuses on the various areas of ministry and the leadership skills essential to effective ministry. Areas of emphasis include:
• Evangelism: Fellows participate in our new member class orientation as well as our program that calls on prospective new members. They also participate in one of our spiritual formation retreat weekends called “The Great Banquet.”
• Mission Outreach: Fellows will have particular responsibility in one or more of the ongoing outreach programs of the church through the Board of Deacons.
• Pastoral Care: This rotation includes regular hospital and shut-in visits, as well as on-call assignments. This rotation also includes working with our Board of Deacons in their congregational ministries.
• Christian Education: Focusing on the broad range of educational opportunities, the Fellow can teach, plan and evaluate our adult education programs. They sit on the planning committees for our annual Festival of Faith program and our mid-week educational opportunities program.
• Preaching & Worship: Each Fellow preaches on a quarterly basis either at Second Presbyterian Church (8:15 a.m. or 6 p.m.) and monthly at our urban sister congregation, Westminster Presbyterian Church. All sermons are videotaped and discussed. The Fellows sit on the worship team, which is responsible for the planning of Sunday worship. Each Fellow regularly participates in weekly worship services.
• Administration: Each Fellow assumes responsibility for the oversight of a fellowship group at Second Presbyterian Church. In addition, administrative duties will be assigned to each Fellow during quarterly rotations as pertinent to that particular area of ministry. Fellows will participate in staff meetings and planning retreats. They will also attend Session meetings. The Fellows will have the opportunity to meet weekly with the Senior Pastor and staff to reflect on church administration.
• Stewardship: Each Fellow will have an opportunity to learn about the theology and practice of faithful stewardship in the life of the congregation. At least one colloquium, in addition to the pastoral seminars, will focus on this subject.
The purpose of the congregational track is to help clergy discover how lay people think and feel about faith and church as they struggle to put their beliefs and values to work in the public square of their individual worlds. Lay people are one of the pivotal points of entry of a congregation into a given community. Congregations are also cultures; each congregation being distinct and unique. To be effective witnesses in both their congregations and their communities, pastors must understand and appreciate how lay people think and feel and experience faith. The Congregational track includes:
• Luncheons with a member of the congregation to explore the ways in which faith and theology intersect in the public square of politics, business, law, etc.
• Each Fellow spends one afternoon or evening a month in the home of a member of the congregation listening as that person reflects on their life and their faith journey.
• A host family will be assigned to each Fellow quarterly to aid in orienting the Fellow to the congregation as well as meeting the Fellow’s personal needs.
The over-arching goal of this program is to inspire young men and women to develop those personal disciplines essential to the pursuit of a learned ministry. The theological dimension exists to provide the residents with an opportunity to reflect on what they are experiencing as pastors engaged in ministry in the 21st century. The Theological emphasis intentionally links head with heart, learning with doing, action with disciplined reflection, including:
• A weekly seminar for reflection on pastoral theology and preaching with the Senior Pastor. Required readings include at least one book plus journal articles to be read each month.
• Specific topics pertinent to ministry will be explored in a once-a-month, all-day colloquium with local guest scholars, experienced pastors and community leaders. The resources of Christian Theological Seminary and the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley also add enrichment to the program.
The program begins in mid-August of each year and lasts two years. As this is a first call ordained position, applicants must be on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and hold the M. Div. Degree. Preference will be given to recent seminary graduates.