The Residency at Christ Community has been an excellent transition from seminary to full-time pastoral ministry. The congregation and staff have provided an experience and opportunities for developing and using the specific gifts God has blessed me with. The environment has been a perfect setting for developing and increasing my understanding of pastoral ministry in the local church.
The Pastoral Residency is the perfect place to learn, process, and serve the church after seminary. Being a pastor is such a complicated reality, and the residency is a place where Christ Community truly surrounds you, encouraging and equipping you to be a whole person who will thrive in pastoral ministry.
There is nothing like real world experience to take an academic education and breathe life and street smarts into it. And there’s nothing like a well-educated and youthful staff member to breathe life and new insights into a local church ministry. The Residents program provides both. It will benefit your church and it will benefit the kingdom far into the future. That’s a deal that’s hard to beat!
The Pastoral Residency at Christ Community brings together the best of both the seminary education and the local church experience in preparing future church leaders. I know of no better program of church leadership training today.
Learning how to do ministry in an affirming, grace-based setting is a tremendous blessing. Christ Community Church, through its Residency program, provides such a setting for recent seminary graduates.
The best apprenticeship programs not only model Christian work in the context of a local church, but build godly, tough-minded, and nurturing relationships between the church and the apprentices. The two years apprentices invest in Christ Community puts them five years ahead of those without similar hands-on training, and builds links that will last through this life and on into eternity.