Myers Park Residency Program begins August 1 and lasts 2 years. Applicants must be on track for ordination in the PC(USA) and hold the MDiv degree. Preference will be given to recent seminary graduates and those who have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
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.
Nearly a century ago, a small group of neighbors in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, knocked on doors to invite residents to join a new congregation. They organized themselves and petitioned the Presbytery to issue a charter to establish the church in 1926.
Myers Park Presbyterian Church is an engaged community of faith, at work throughout Charlotte and around the world. It is a congregation committed to affirming the dignity and humanity of every person, and strives to create a welcoming environment for all God's children.
APPLICATION FOR PASTORAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
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
- Seminary transcripts (emailed or U.S. Mail)
Selected finalists will be interviewed via Skype or in person at their location. Final interviews will be scheduled in Charlotte, NC in March.
Applications should be mailed or emailed to:
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC, 28207