APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 RESIDENCY ARE DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2021
This two-year residency program is for seminary graduates who hold particular promise as pastors and wish to develop their ministerial skills under dedicated supervision in a large church setting. This is an ordained position in which Resident Pastors serve and learn alongside the staff and congregation of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
Resident Pastors will have ongoing opportunities for worship leadership and for pastoral care. They will have focused times serving in faith formation, administration, and outreach. Resident Pastors will also explore ministry in a smaller church setting in the Charlotte area in order to gain experience that will help in discerning a call. In the second year, each Resident Pastor will be encouraged to focus on a specific ministry area or project that will deepen personal skills for ministry.
The Program Director is Millie Snyder, Executive Pastor of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Resident Pastors will have opportunities to explore all aspects of ministry in order to grow in their own pastoral identity and clarify their gifts and call.
Resident Pastors will have opportunities to learn from all of the pastors and senior staff of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. In addition, a lay committee will provide personal support, nurture, and feedback through regular gathering with the Resident Pastors.
The program begins August 1 and lasts two years. Applicants must be on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and hold the M. Div. Degree. Preference will be given to recent seminary graduates and those who have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Myers Park Presbyterian is committed to our partnerships with non-profit organizations and agencies throughout Charlotte. The congregation engages this wider community through service opportunities and financial support.
Charlotte is the 17th largest city and third-fastest growing major city in the United States. There’s an energy to this growth. Over the last ten years, a vibrant lineup of community gatherings, festivals, restaurants, and breweries has emerged.
With this growth comes excitement, challenge, and opportunity. Charlotte recently ranked last in an analysis of economic mobility in America’s 50 largest cities by the Equality of Opportunity Project.
Myers Park Presbyterian Church has been engaged with local leaders and community partners, exploring ways to address issues of education, housing, and economic mobility through programs and funding opportunities that allow us to respond to Jesus’ invitation to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.
APPLICATION FOR PASTORAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2021
Please send the following if you wish to be considered:
- A cover letter that addresses the following topics:
- Why you seek a pastoral residency program and this one in particular.
- A significant mentoring relationship and two or three significant ways it shaped you.
- How your background and life experiences (including cultural, geographical, educational, spiritual, or other challenges/opportunities) have shaped your call.
- Presbyterian Church (USA) PIF Or PIF Narrative Questions (listed below) & Statement of Faith
- Describe a moment in your recent ministry that you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
- Describe the ministry setting to which you believe God is calling you.
- What areas of growth have you identified in yourself?
- Describe a time when you led change.
- Seminary transcripts (emailed or U.S. Mail)
Selected finalists will be interviewed via Zoom or in person at their location. Final Interviews will be scheduled in Charlotte, NC in late February/early March.
Applications should be mailed or emailed to:
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC, 28207