Ministry Openings and Residencies


  • City Mission Urban Pastoral Ministry - Boston, MA

    • City Mission Urban Pastoral Ministry Program is a two-year residency for recent seminary graduates who are called to ordained urban ministry.  Through a partnership between City Mission and three established Boston churches (one UCC, one PC(USA), and one AME), residents gain hands-on experience in worship, administration, and outreach in an urban congregation, mentorship from experienced ministers, and opportunities for leadership in collaborations between City Mission, these congregations, and other organizations.  Designed to help new pastors develop networks of support, the program provides weekly opportunities for learning and reflection for residents in their cohort.  For more information, click:

  • Covenant Presbyterian - Charlotte, NC

    • Covenant Presbyterian is a dynamic Christian community that gladly invites all people into a transformational experience of faith; boldly proclaims the gospel; bravely works toward a whole and just world; and passionately nurtures discipleship.  Our location, on the edge of downtown and embedded in an historic neighborhood, provides ample opportunity to serve people from many walks of life.  Our steeple graces the skyline of Charlotte, reminding us and our neighbors that we are loved by God and called to share that love.  Our main entrance, open to all, bears the words, “To the Greater Glory of God” reminding us why we are here.  The breadth and scope of our church can be seen on our website, which includes newsletters, sermons, bulletins, the operating budget, and program information.

      Covenant is accepting applications for three residencies:  Congregational Care, Mission and Outreach, and Education Ministry.  More information is available through the links below:

      Congregational Care Ministry Residency

      Education Ministry Residency

      Mission & Outreach Ministry Residency

  • First Baptist Church - Richmond, VA

    • Serve as a member of the ministerial leadership team and gain experience leading and serving in Richmond’s First Baptist Church’s five core areas of church life – Worship, Formation, Community, Engagement, and Compassion.

      More Information can be found here.

      Mail or email applications to:
      Richmond’s First Baptist Church

      Rev. Dr. Allison Collier, Residency Coordinator

      2709 Monument Ave.

      Richmond, VA 23220

      Email to Allison Collier at

  • First Presbyterian Church - Ann Arbor, MI

    • First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan is a national leader in mentoring exceptional first-call pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our two-year residency program invites a small cohort of recent seminary graduates into the active, vibrant ministry of a large church in a dynamic university town. Our program model combines action and reflection to deepen call, awaken strengths, and develop the next generation of church leaders.

      Find more information and application documents below:

  • First Presbyterian Church - Bristol, TN

    • First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, TN has recently created a Pastoral Resident program at our church, offering a 2-year program for graduates with an M.Div. and who wish to pursue/complete their ordination in the PCUSA to learn in a programmatic/multi-staff church environment. The emphasis during the two-year period is for the resident to learn how to do ministry well, and have the resources and time to complete the ordination process. The resident will be present and active in every aspect of ministry we have here at the church from administration to children’s ministry.


  • First Presbyterian--Fort Wayne, IN

    • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana is searching for its next Resident Pastor. This is a great opportunity for a Presbyterian student to receive “boots on the ground” experience and get ordained before accepting an installed position. You can learn more about the residency and our current Resident Pastor here.
      The Resident Pastor can delve into an area of ministry they feel passionate about and want to explore more deeply, and learn the nuts and bolts of pastoring a church.  We really want the resident to deepen their sense of call and be ready to serve a church when they leave us.
      First Presbyterian is a vibrant, growing church located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, a mid-size city that is experiencing a renaissance. We have a 40-year old Korean Language ministry with a full-time Associate Pastor leading it, an arts ministry with a 300-seat theater and art gallery led by a full-time Director of Arts ministry, an active community engagement and missions focus, and a Day School. These are only some of the highlights that set First Pres apart from other churches that the Resident Pastor could experience in their time here.
      This is a 2 year residency and is geared towards candidates who want to pursue parish ministry.  The Resident Pastor will be ordained to the residency, so we are looking for candidates who will be ready to be ordained, ideally, within the first 12 months of the residency. (We understand they may not yet be certified as ready to receive a call, but we want someone who is on track for ordination.) We meet the minimum salary requirements for Whitewater Valley Presbytery including full Board of Pensions benefits.  With Fort Wayne’s low cost of living, one can live well here.  In year two of the residency, the Resident Pastor will continue to explore his/her sense of call while receiving professional job coaching to get that PIF ready!
      The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.



  • First Presbyterian -- Libertyville, IL

    • Our congregation is excited to welcome a Pastoral Resident to our ministry north of Chicago beginning this summer. Attached with this communication is a description for this position that designed to help candidates launch their ministry with confidence and joy.
      Over one thousand members participate in our congregation whose ministries span a breadth of interests and concerns. We are a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with partner congregations and ministries locally and internationally. The residency provides practical experience and spiritual reflection meant to effectively equip and launch individuals into ministry of depth and meaning.
      It is an ideal residency for a candidate seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or discerning that possibility. However, by means of my experience in local, national, and international ecumenical work, I will advise and work with the resident to help prepare them for ministry in a breadth of potential mainline denominations.
      Applications due January 24, 2022 in preparation for the start of residency in the summer of 2022.
      For more information click here.
  • Forum for Theological Exploration

    • Congregation-Based Residency Programs place recent seminary graduates in congregations for two-year residencies. The programs are intended to immerse graduates in pastoral ministry, including full pastoral status, a collaborative environment, mentored/supervised ministry and ongoing reflection on the practice of ministry with the goal of establishing a baseline for excellence in ministry

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  • Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church - New York City, NY

    • Standing at the corner of Madison Avenue and E. 73rd Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church has long been a prominent witness to Christian faith in its worship and commitment to social action. Over the course of more than a hundred years, it has had just five pastors – Henry Sloane Coffin, George Buttrick, David H.C. Read, and Fred R. Anderson and Jenny McDevitt. It is committed to the service of the Word in all its aspects. Besides its concern with preaching, it celebrates the Eucharist at all its Sunday worship services. Since the time of Dr. Coffin, it has been deeply involved with a social witness. It supports numerous social projects in the city. It is international and has had a partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Zimbabwe. It has long been known for its excellent musical program, which radiates from its worship. This program sponsors the concerts of the St. Andrew Music Society, and the church is the home to the New York City Children’s Chorus.

  • Myers Park Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

    • 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.

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  • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church -- Dallas, TX

    • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX is looking for who would be interested in their two-year Pastoral Residency Program. If you would like more information please contact their Senior Associate Pastor, Mark Brainerd (

  • Second Presbyterian Church - Indianapolis, IN

    • 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 Lake Fellows serve and learn alongside the staff and congregation of Second Presbyterian Church. The program was established by a generous bequest from Second Church members Tom and Marjorie Lake. Fellowship classes have historically consisted of two or three individuals from a variety of seminaries. Currently there are four Lake Fellows serving in the congregation.

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