SPOTLIGHT- SUNDAY JULY 15: THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM #4 & SUMMER NEWS
SUMMER IN THE CHAPEL
Beginning in August
9:15 am Sunday prayer & spiritual formation
Not a series, not a class, practicing a spiritual skill.
•Directed & focused preparation for the morning to come.
•Learn and practice a way to relax the mind and focus the spirit.
•Directed prayer as a small group.
•The practice of empowered Christian faith.
A SERIES OF SHORT ARTICLES ON WHAT’S HAPPENING- Residency
Our first Protégé Residents will be the Destremps family. Christian just finished his undergrad studies Magna Cum Laude. He is continuing in his Masters program.
Chris is transitioning from a successful career as a robotics engineer. Even now he is using his skills in Christian outreach. His wife, Kelli is also an outgoing and dedicated Christian. She plans to continue with her management job, via, online, once they move into our residence here.
They are Christian leaders with great potential. The next few years should be a real blessing. Please keep them and our Protégé Residency program in prayer.
SPOTLIGHT- SUNDAY JULY 8: THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM #3 & SUMMER NEWS
SUMMER IN THE CHAPEL
Special for August Sundays
•Morning in the Chapel
9:15-25 AM Prayer & Spiritual Formation
A focused session of reflective Scripture & guided prayer by Pastor Kevin. The focus is God’s work THAT Sunday.
•Evening in the Chapel
7:00 PM Sermon & small group discussion
Going deeper into the Sunday morning.
A SERIES OF SHORT ARTICLES ON WHAT’S HAPPENING- Residency #3
Have you ever gone to a teaching hospital in Indianapolis? -Say, IU University? Residents are trained doctors, but they are gaining practical experience and the next level of expertise. The trade-off is patients are exposed to medical experts who are still in the making. In some way, everyone in the hospital is contributing to the training.
In a church residency program it is much the same. We become a “teaching church.” The faithful prayer-warrior and the critic in the back pew are both playing a part in forming this resident’s leadership. They may be the scar they don’t forget, or the display of servanthood they model in their own lives. Everyone is part of the schooling.
In a resident program, the student may fit a need in the host church, but that is not the objective. The goal is to contribute to the expertise and long-term spiritual integrity of the resident, wherever God calls them after the training.
Training is a regimen of coaching, video sessions, reading assignments, and exposure to different facets of pastoral responsibilities. All to a set schedule. Our schedule and material is from the CMA licensing committee, the 12 Stone Residency program, and efforts through our Protégé partnership.
~Next week, a bit on our first residents~
SPOTLIGHT- SUNDAY JULY 1: THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM #2
Last week we covered what a residency program is NOT.
It is not an associate pastor or intern, it is a ministry student on the cusp of leadership.
If a ministry student is already trained academically, why do a residency? Here are three key reasons-
1. Hands on. In the mentoring/ coaching environment, the resident is free to try real ministry in a controlled situation. Many ministers learn crucial lessons the painful way. A residency offers wisdom without many of the painful lessons. A resident brings youthful energy to a congregation, but also fosters maturity in them calling for forgiveness by times, mentoring where possible, and by embracing the mission to help a future leader grow.
2. Filling in the gaps in the armor. The failure or burn-out of nearly every minister is not due to lake of school training. It is because there were short-comings in character traits or spiritual practices. Like micro-fractures that were never addressed or even seen, they ultimately caused the promising minister to implode in mid-career. In real-life ministry, a residency is designed to find and address these “gaps in the armor” before they become deadly.
3. Accreditation. A CMA ordination is a 2 year process that involves expanded reading, service, positional papers and interviews. Residency is designed to guide them through the process.
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