First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan is seeking exceptional candidates for our Resident Ministry Program. We invite you to suggest outstanding prospective applicants or to connect us with seminary seniors who have demonstrated strong potential for ministry. We are seeking candidates who are strongly motivated, innately curious, perceptive, determined, and deeply engaged in a life of ministry, service and leadership.
The Parish Ministry Residency Program at First Presbyterian gives outstanding seminary graduates the opportunity to make the transition from seminary to a lifetime of effective leadership and ministry in congregations. First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan is one of the vital, growing churches in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Church was one of the first to receive support from Lilly Endowment, Inc. to sponsor this innovative Parish Ministry Residency Program and has claimed this teaching ministry as a significant part of its mission.
The Residency Program seeks to refine the academic preparation of seminary graduates and ground them in the practice of ministry. This two-year residency encourages newly-ordained ministers to develop patterns of work that maximize their pastoral leadership gifts and skills. It enables residents to connect their theological and biblical studies with the day-to-day life of a congregation. The residency seeks to encourage full participation in congregational ministry and provides the opportunity for ongoing theological reflection on the practice of ministry.
Resident ministers serve two years at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor in validated ministry positions. Their ministry is compensated at appropriate levels and includes full participation in the Board of Pensions benefits program. After two years in residence, they are better prepared to respond to calls to parish ministry in a variety of settings.
The application period for this Resident Ministry Program is currently open; all application materials are due by January 31, 2015. A packet of Resident Ministry Application Materials is enclosed for you to distribute to potential candidates, and all application materials can also be found at www.firstpresbyterian.org .