The Early Ministry Initiative exists to create a network of churches, thought leaders, and lead practitioners who will provide effective apprenticeship, internship and mentoring programs for new ministers in order to develop healthy, fit and effective ministers from the beginning of their ministry.
This Initiative helps healthy local churches and effective pastors provide entering ministers with the development, support, and training needed during the first five years of ministry. Whether a new graduate from college or a second career pastor, The Wesleyan Church wants the first five years of your ministry to develop a healthy, fit and effective Ministry. The first five years of ministry are critical for the future trajectory of a new minister’s life and thus Wesleyans get entering ministers to work for 1-2 years as a “Resident pastor” in a local church where an experienced minister offers mentoring and coaching and entering ministers get the practical ministry experience that better prepares them for a life of ministry. Our job in Education and Clergy Development is to network entering ministers with experienced pastors and local churches and offer resources to each so that The Wesleyan Church has a variety of models of Residency Programs in various kinds of local churches.
What is a residency?
Why should I do a residency?
List of experiences a resident should have.
REAP Residency: Equipping Adults for Vocational Ministry
The residency initiative provides a 1-2 year ministry experience for entering ministers after their education at teaching churches. As a Teaching Church you can have one or more “Resident Pastors” join your staff for 1-2 years to learn the ropes of ministry while being mentored and coached by an experienced pastor.
Why might I want to offer a Resident Minister position?
How would I post a Resident Pastor opening?
Other FAQs for Churches
Are there any resources for churches to help them design their own residency program?
Yes! Several churches already have residencies up and running and you can see what they are doing here: