I am so grateful for my seminary education but there are some things you cannot learn apart from experiencing and doing. Christ Community offers a safe place where you are supported and given real work to do with the expectation that while you will often succeed, it’s ok to fail. That ability to learn from others in a safe place while succeeding and failing has been a life-changing experience and I can’t imagine a better place to learn how to love and serve the local church.
Leaving seminary, I had some knowledge, but I longed for wisdom. That’s what Christ Community’s Pastoral Residency is all about. Growing in pastoral wisdom. Of course, I had the opportunity to grow in my competency to preach and lead, I asked questions, I processed experience, I made invaluable friendships, but the reason a pastoral residency is necessary, is so that I might grow, at least a little, in pastoral wisdom.
There are many things you could prioritize after seminary. I chose to prioritize health. After my time at Trinity, I needed to re-learn rest, Sabbath, soul keeping, and how to run the race of pastoral ministry at a sustainable pace. I found that at Christ Community. The Pastoral Residency gave me the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of pastoral work in a context that values the whole person. It’s what I needed.
I cannot speak highly enough about Christ Community and the Pastoral Residency. At first I thought, “Do I really want to move to Kansas City for a short time?” Now, having been through the Residency, I can say without a doubt this has been one of the best and most important years of my life. It has been an exciting privilege working with and being mentored by such an amazing pastoral staff and to serve such wonderful people at Christ Community.
The Pastoral Residency provided me with the unique opportunity to see and experience a church context where theology is notably accessible, leadership visibly humble, and congregational culture remarkably healthy. To be with such a community of believers and to be embraced by them, educated by them, and empowered to serve them must be among the chief graces of my life.
At Christ Community Church, we highlight the importance of being apprentices of Jesus Christ. This is our most significant apprenticeship. Yet, what seminary graduate would not also want to be an apprentice to an amazing group of pastors who are committed to building into the next generation of Christian leaders? The Christ Community Pastoral Residency has provided a safe place for me to discover who God is creating me to be, not only as a pastor but also as a leader, a woman, and a Christ-follower.
The Christ Community Pastoral Residency has been an invaluable complement to my divinity school education, providing a medium for gospel-shaped ministry to be modeled and mastered. I can’t imagine a better place to explore the call to pastoral ministry within the local church.
The Christ Community Pastoral Residency has given me the chance to explore avenues of ministry I had never imagined pursuing. It has opened my eyes to new ways that God can use my unique mix of gifts in service to his church, and has challenged me to grow more in my love for Christ and for his bride.
When I first heard about the Pastoral Residency at Christ Community, I had just come out of a two-year professional development program at a Fortune 100 company. Knowing the accelerated growth and learning that comes from being involved in a unique program like this, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the Pastoral Residency. I’m so grateful that I did! The Pastoral Residency has served as wonderful compliment and extension of my seminary education, has provided me and my family a healthy and encouraging environment to grow as individuals and as a family, and has equipped me well to serve in the local church. I whole-heartedly commend the Pastoral Residency at Christ Community to any TEDS student seeking to serve in the local church.
The Pastoral Residency has not only equipped and trained me for future ministry; it has provided me with lifelong friendships and partnerships that are invaluable to pastoral wholeness. I am incredibly thankful for the experience I have gained here and for the network of relationships that will go with me as I continue to explore God’s calling.
The Pastoral Residency has been the perfect bridge between studying at TEDS and full time ministry. As I continue to learn about myself and about how to do ministry, a team that wants to see me succeed surrounds me. Everyone on staff and in the congregation fully supports the Pastoral Residents and fosters their learning experience. This is a great place to hone my calling as a pastor and to explore how God can use my unique gifting.
The Christ Community Pastoral Residency has been an encouraging place to transition from the academia of seminary to the rhythms of full time vocational ministry. I have been the recipient of intentional mentorship, diverse experiences, holistic equipping, and an inviting community of believers that is passionate about next generation leaders. I know that these two years will forever impact for the better my calling to serve God in the local church.