Broad Street Ministry’s Pastoral Immersion Program

Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity; fosters and nurtures artistic expression; extends inclusive hospitality; and works for a more just world through civic engagement. . .

. . . And the 1001 New Worshiping Community movement, an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) fostering contextual, fresh expressions of church throughout the United States . . .

invite applications for the 1001 New Worshiping Community Residency at Broad Street. Chosen applicants will live in a house provided by BSM in Philadelphia enabling residents to test and strengthen their capacity for innovative, daring and prophetic theological leadership in an urban context. They will develop a clear and compelling mission plan (with financial backers) that will enable them to start a new worshiping community in their context upon completion of the residency.

1001 New Worshiping Community Residency Program at Broad Street Ministry

The ideal applicant to Broad Street Ministry’s Pastoral Immersion Program has an appetite for risk, is comfortable with ambiguity and sees theology in everything.  She/he is called to high-impact ministry and desires to experience high highs and low lows.  The ideal applicant knows how to get away from the job when needed but when at the job, is truly present.  She/he takes the gospel incredibly seriously but the institution and himself/herself much less so.

The Pastoral Immersion Program is a yearlong residency for the entrepreneurial in the 21st century. Participants live in residence and work in Broad Street Ministry’s hospitality ministry and resident worshiping community. They lead worship, build relationships with BSM guests throughout the week, and engage in continual theological reflection. Alums of the Pastoral Immersion Program have gone on to serve the church in parishes in rural areas, the suburbs, cities large and small, in seminaries, and in support roles to churches.

The 1001 New Worshiping Communities Residency Program is a special emphasis within the Broad Street Pastoral Residency Program. The 2017–2018 New Worshiping Community Residency will offer a full-time advanced training experience for up to two salient applicants that will result in the identification of a mission plan and funding for a new worshiping community to be pursued upon completion of the residency.

A discernment team selects candidates for the program. In addition to possessing the qualities described, an ideal candidate for the NWC Residency at Broad Street will possess an interest in journeying with a community to see them grow in awareness of God’s work and presence in their lives. She/he delegates and equips people to take responsibility for their faith practices and has experience in having inaugurated contextual new ministries from scratch. He/she is an unapologetically Christian leader who is savvy about loving and meeting people where they are.

Residents will receive housing and a stipend of $15,000, plus a health insurance grant of $1,500. Residents also will take part in an advanced national training (costs covered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency) with 1001 apprentices and other residents June 12–15 in Los Angeles, California. Applications, including letters of reference, are due by March 15, 2017.

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