Pastoral Residency - First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy, NC
First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy, NC is committed to becoming a church that teaches and learns from seminary graduates in transition to their first-called pastorate. To that end, we have established a pastoral residency program. We offer a three-year position as pastoral resident to a recent seminary graduate who holds the M.Div. Degree and is passionate about the local church and pastoral ministry. Certified candidates may be ordained to this position during their residency.
We will welcome our first pastoral resident for a three-year term in 2019. Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2019.
In our residents we seek aspiring pastors who desire a comprehensive residency experience in a small town church of 150 regular attenders. The primary focus of the residency program is to begin to learn the craft of pastoring by entering into the life of our congregation, taking up the basic pastoral tasks, and reflecting upon and praying about those activities with the pastor and people of the congregation. In particular, the candidate will focus on current congregational needs, which at this time include Christian Discipleship for adults and children. Our program is designed to nourish pastoral residents as both spiritual and organizational leaders and to provide a well-balanced start to their pastoral vocation.
Throughout the term of the residency, the resident will develop pastoral skills and a leadership style that will help the resident serve the Triune God, the universal church, and future congregations. Throughout the term, the resident will participate in the following: worship leadership, preaching, teaching, mission, church governance, and children and/or youth ministry. The resident will also serve in a series of rotations, in such areas as recruitment and assimilation of new members, congregational care, stewardship, and finance. To further develop the resident’s vocation, he/she will engage in study, be mentored by staff and members, and seek out other experiences to develop as a pastor. The resident will also be welcomed into the life of the congregation and community by a liaison support group of members.
For more information about the FPCMA Pastoral Residency, please click on the button below or contact Griff Gatewood at Griff at fpcma.com.